Denise has worked with Strathcona County (AB) as the Disability Management Supervisor since 2010. She is an Occupational Therapist (University of Alberta - 2003); having previously worked in a variety of clinical areas including vocational rehabilitation and functional assessment (WCB-AB) and mental health (acute care and community based settings). Denise is focused on the development of innovative, evidence-based programs and initiatives in an effort to support the health and well-being of County staff.
Session: A Collaborative Approach to Mental Health in an Integrated (Fire-EMS) Department: A Case Example
Description: A successful and sustainable mental health program requires collaboration among key groups such as union representatives, management, third party providers/insurance carriers and medical professionals. This session will review the challenges and successes experienced over a six-year time frame (2012-present) within Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES), an integrated Fire-EMS department, in their ongoing efforts to implement best practices and to support the health and well-being of their members.