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Celebrating Cota's 45th Anniversary in September 2018

On September 12th, Cota celebrated its 45th Anniversary with staff, individuals who receive our services and partner colleagues. This event marks a milestone in Cota's journey as an organization as we introduced our first ever Inspiring Change Awards. The reception featured art from the 220 Oak Street Art Program and performances from Wendell and Bruce, musicians from the documentary, Lowdown Tracks. The awards ceremony opened with a traditional drum ceremony performed by Pat Melnick (Cota). Then the guest speaker, Jeff Adams (a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion), spoke about facing challenge and overcoming obstacles.

“Pause to look around you, you are surrounded by excellence. And listen for that sound of support.” - Jeff Adams (Guest Speaker)

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

In our most recent edition of Get Cota Connected, we are recognizing two of our residents at Collegeview and their inspiring stories: Alice and Chris. 


When Alice first joined the Collegeview Program, she faced many challenges and barriers to her recovery. She was consumed in grief after losing both her grandparents, and felt hopeless each day. The Collegeview team never gave up on her, especially Monique (Supportive Housing Worker) who eventually was able to engage with Alice in conversation and social activity. This is Alice's recovery story...

Read the full article and watch the videos here.

June 11, 2018: ABI ADS Food Program 

Cota’s Acquired Brain Injury Adult Day Service (ABI ADS), located at the Providence Healthcare site, offers a supportive and creative group environment for adults living with Acquired Brain Injury. Clients select from a menu of unique daily program offerings that take place over successive four-month terms. The program offerings encourage clients to engage in meaningful activities, explore strengths, and develop new/diverse skills. 

Previously, ABI ADS a hot lunch to program participants on Wednesdays, while coffee and snacks were made available on other days of the week. During focus groups conducted in 2016, our clients had expressed an interest in having access to a free hot lunch program, every day of the week. 

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June 4, 2018: Community Paramedic Led Clinic

The Community Paramedic Led Clinic (CPLC) is a program that seeks to serve vulnerable and at risk tenants in five Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) buildings in Scarborough. Each of these sites have experienced historically high volumes of 911 calls. 

This initiative is a collaboration between Toronto Paramedic Services (TPS), Hong Fook and Cota. Community paramedics from TPS, a mental health and addictions outreach worker from Hong Fook, and a geriatric mental health case manager from Cota work together to provide clinics that rotate across the five buildings each week and follow-up case management support to individuals requiring it.

May 28, 2018: Cota Staff Stepping Up to Help Out

2017-18 Emergency Winter Respite Centres 

Toronto contended with extended periods of extreme cold weather and significant pressures on its emergency shelter system this past winter. Cota stepped up to help out by providing by providing valuable assistance and support to emergency winter respite centres that were opened at Moss Park Armoury and Davenport Road sites.

Thank you to the following Cota staff who agreed to be reassigned from their regular duties to provide assistance during this initiative:

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January 31, 2018: Improving Quality of Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Toronto, ON: When a child with a developmental disability is placed into a privately-operated residential care agency by a Toronto-based Children’s Aid Society, that agency is expected to adhere to the compliance requirements for the Children’s Services sector. 

After the child transitions to adulthood, he or she often continues to reside at the same agency. That agency has not been obligated to meet the compliance requirements of the Adult Developmental Services sector, even though it is now supporting an adult client. Consequently, these adult clients generally do not access age-appropriate services to meet their unique needs after they transition into adulthood...

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November 6, 2017: Integrating Hospital and Community-Based Services

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Many people experiencing a mental health crisis turn to emergency departments (EDs) such as North York General Hospital’s Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency for help. Treating mental health issues, however, often requires more than a hospital ED visit. Once stabilized in the acute care setting, it can be vital to receive follow-up care for non-life threatening issues in the community...

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May 25, 2015: Cota and Toronto North Support Services at the Addictions & Mental Health Ontario Conference 2015

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December 1, 2014: Cota Launches Pilot Project for Vulnerable TCHC Tenants

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June 19, 2014: Cota's Annual Event

Cota hosted its annual event on June 19, 2014, the Ontario Heritage Centre.  Some of the new innovative community initiatives that we are involved in were profiled at this event. Guest speakers presented information about our collaborations with St. Michael’s Hospital, the City of Toronto and Black Creek Community Health Centre.

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May 29, 2014:  Malvern Employment & Social Services Health Fair

Cota was at this event; we thank the attendees who visited us at this fair. Organized by Toronto Employment & Social Services, this event allowed service providers, Toronto residents and Ontario Works clients the opportunity to learn more about the many health services and supports available, including diabetes, TB, mental health, addiction and other health promotional programs.

May 25-29, 2014: Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference

Cota was a platinum level sponsor at the 2014 Annual Addictions and Mental Health Ontario Conference.

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May 25, 2014: Peace of Minds Walk

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May 14, 2014: DSTO Info Fair

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October 21, 2013: "Strong Scarborough" Community Information Fair

Cota was at this event; we thank the attendees who visited us at this fair. Organized by Toronto Employment & Social Services, over 60 community agencies and the City of Toronto were represented at this event. Attendees learned about employment services, housing, health care and more.

September 25, 2013: Our 40th Anniversary and New Brand Launch

Celebrating 40 years of providing service to people living with mental health and cognitive challenges

We marked our 40th anniversary by hosting a celebration event. Collectively, our services inspire positive change in the lives of over 2,000 Torontonians every year. Frank O’Dea, co-founder of Second Cup was the keynote speaker at this event and shared his journey from homeless panhandler to entrepreneur and author.

COTA Health launched a new brand at this event and is now known simply as Cota. 

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September 21, 2013: Brain Injury Society of Toronto's (BIST's) 3rd Annual Run, Walk Roll

Since its inception in 2011, Cota has participated in BIST’s Run, Walk, Roll. This year's run was a success despite the rain!

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