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Long time, no post

Posted on 14 March, 2017 at 17:20 Comments comments (0)

Well, here goes nothing. This is the first blog post I have ever done. Wish me luck :D


I find it hard to believe that we didn't have even one post in 2016. The year sort of ran away on us. And here we are already 2-1/2 months into 2017. I guess you could say our little CMHS baby has started to stretch and grow. We have continued to develop relationships with colleagues, and expanded the services we provide. And, of course, we try to be available to our clients as much as possible.


My own role in CMHS has evolved more than I had ever expected. Don't worry, it's all in a VERY good way. I have been able to assist some of our clients with paperwork (insurance, government, etc) and developing a budget plan. I have also helped with research, and even to get to appointments. But the most enjoyable thing I do with our clients is talk! Most of the time it is just a quick chat as we set up an appointment. But there are times when Warren is not available, and a client needs to talk out their troubles. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have been allowed to be a part of the journey our clients are on. I can't share any of these experiences, but believe me, we work with some pretty amazing people!


Recently, I was invited to participate in the 4th annual Women's Symposium in Westlock, in celebration of International Women's Day. It was a very informative, fun day. I met many interesting women, and heard some remarkable stories. I feel we are living in an exciting time, with women getting closer and closer to complete equality. My hope is that in the not-so-distant future we don't feel the need to have an International Women's Day. I would like to see us celebrate the strength of the human spirit, regardless of gender, race, religion, identity or age.


My plan for this blog is to give readers (clients and non-clients alike) a place to ask questions (no specifics please, this is not a private forum) or make suggestions to Warren and myself on ways we can improve our services, improve this web site, or topics / issues we should look in to. Please feel free to comment. We look forward to hearing from you!


Christina Krywko

Continuum MHS

Westlock Community Engagement

Posted on 5 November, 2015 at 17:10 Comments comments (0)

We spent a good part of the day in Westlock yesterday. We attended the Rural Kids Matter meeting, and the team is doing great. We helped crunch some stats for the group, and have edited the info again today for approval. Nearly half of kids entering shool in the region will require some assistance in one of the developmental areas addressed in the 2014 report on the region. Overall, in each area specifically looked at, the Westlock/Thorhild region children are right around the provincial averages, slightly above the average in the majority of areas.

We met with the Westlock Associate Medical Clinic, and look to develop that relationship. They were quite busy, but we agreed to meet to discuss options.

We also met with the Westlock Primary Care Network, and have discussed the gaps in service in Mental Health. Being a Tier 4 service, we do not overlap with the existing Tier 3 and Tier 2 services in the area. (See the explanation of the Tier system here: http://www.health.alberta.ca/documents/Creating-Connections-2011-Strategy.pdf)

The biggest barrier seems to be the reliance on NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) for Tier 4 services. People struggling at the level of Tier 4 often have many social and financial difficulties. We continue to try to network to be creative to broaden funding sources for people.

Rural Kids Matter Westlock

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We attended a meeting in Westlock this afternoon with the great people at Rural Kids Matter. We have agreed to unofficially partner, and will try to help spread the word regarding this great resource. We will be adding a community partners page to the website to make networking easier once we get the information from Rural Kids Matter. We are looking forward to building relationships with the great people in the communities we offer services in.