The Mental Health and Addictions Division of OPSEU/SEFPO has been operating for over 20 years to promote awareness and treatment of mental health and addictions. The division is over 8,000 members strong and represents frontline workers in 13 CMHA agencies across the province, as well as in public hospitals.
OPSEU/SEFPO Mental Health and Addictions Division has had the ear of governments of all stripes and have led to concrete improvements in government policies and funding. The talent and expertise and advice of this sector is recognized and respected by all political parties.
The Mental Health and Addictions Division is very active and is driven by frontline workers in the field who have the experience and expertise to know what is working and what isn’t.
The Division holds yearly bargaining conferences, where every Local across the province is represented. At the bargaining conference the Division discusses and puts forward suggestions of language to negotiate into your Local’s collective agreement.
OPSEU/SEFPO admires and respects Mental Health and Addictions workers and the very important work you do.
In fact, at the most recent convention of OPSEU in the spring, OPSEU’s highest award for activism and mobilization, the Leah Casselman Award, went to Tischa Forster, of the former Oxford CMHA, for her tremendous advocacy work around Mental Health and Addictions in Oxford County and Province-wide.
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