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December 18, 2014 Big changes afoot for ODSP employment benefits in 2015

ODSP imageAs we get ready to ring in the new year, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is gearing up for some changes that will have a significant impact on the income levels of OSDP recipients. First announced in the 2014 Budget, the Ontario Government plans to eliminate three existing employment benefits for recipients of ODSP and create a new “Employment-Related Benefit” (ERB) program beginning April 1, 2015.

December 18, 2014 Registration open for CMHA Ontario’s free Brief Services course

Complex Needs Brief Services Course flyerCanadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the free online course called “Brief Services – Foundational Principles and Therapeutic Approaches.” The course will be available to registered participants in late January 2015.

December 18, 2014 Taking the Pulse of Ontario's Mental Health on TVO’s The Agenda

the Agenda screenshotA recent episode of TVO’s The Agenda offered a detailed look at the progress of Ontario’s mental health strategy, launched in 2011 to transform the province’s mental health system, and explored the strategy’s next steps which were recently announced by the government.

 

December 18, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s Minding Our Bodies program featured in B.C. magazine

Visions Magazine coverIn the most recent edition of Visions, BC’s quarterly magazine on mental health and addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Director of Knowledge Transfer, Scott Mitchell, writes about the Minding Our Bodies initiative and how it has sparked other mental health projects at the local and provincial levels.

December 18, 2014 OCAN tool stakeholder focus group

Do you belong to a visible minority? Have you experienced a mental health concern? Have you filled out the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) tool in the past 6 months?

December 18, 2014 Envisioning the future of Health Links in Ontario

Health Links Conference ImageAccording to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), five percent of patients account for two-thirds of healthcare costs. These are often individuals with multiple, complex conditions. When the hospital, the family doctor, the long-term care home, community organizations and others work as a team, the patient receives better, more coordinated care. This is the vision of the 47 Community Health Links across the province.

December 18, 2014 Auditor general critiques Ontario in areas of the mental health sector

Head shot of Bonnie LysykImprovements to services for people with development disabilities are coming too slowly to help those with the greatest need, according to the 2014 annual report of Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk. The report also focused on the inadequacy of mental health training for parole and probation officers.

December 18, 2014 Ontario’s only psychiatric emergency department doubles its capacity

Visits to CAMH ED 2003-2014The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.

December 18, 2014 Infographic looks at Ontario students’ use of opioids

A new infographic is now available that looks at the use of prescription opioid pain relievers among Ontario students according to the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use & Health Survey (OSDUHS).

December 18, 2014 Value-based partnerships – when to keep it or kick it

On November 14, 2014, EENet hosted a webinar that looked at the key questions you should ask to help you decide whether to keep or end an organizational partnership. This webinar, part of EENet’s “Value-based Partnerships” series, looked at:

  • How to start and complete an expedited audit of existing partnerships;
  • How to assess the value of prospective partnerships.

Featured Events

CMHA BC's Bottom Line Conference. In The Eye of the Storm: Lessons from the Front Line. February 24-25, 2015

Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC
Organizer: Canadian Mental Health Association, British Columbia Division
www.cmhabc.ca

Rapid Review Summit: Then, Now, and in the Future. February 3-4, 2015

Venue: Hyatt Regency
Vancouver, BC
Organizer: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
www.cadth.ca

The Healing Power of the Drum: A Rhythm-Based Wellness Workshop. March 13, 2015

Venue: The Royal, Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium
1145 Carling Ave
Ottawa ON
Organizer: The Royal
www.theroyal.ca

2015 CAHSPR Conference. Learning from each other: Across disciplines, jurisdictions and generations. May 25-28, 2015

Venue: Hilton Bonaventure
Montreal, QC
Organizer: Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)
www.cahspr.ca

Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference 2015. May 15, 2015

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge St
Toronto ON
Organizer: Hong Fook Mental Health Association
www.hongfook.ca

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). January 21-22, 2015

Venue: Thunder Bay, ON
Organizer: Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay
www.cmha-tb.on.ca

Pathways to Resilience: Restoring the Elements of a Joyful Life. begins January 12, 2015

Venue: Thunder Bay ON
Organizer: Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch
www.cmha-tb.on.ca

Diversity and Culture - Strategies for Working with Differences. June 25, 2015

Venue: Toronto ON
Organizer: ACHIEVE Training Centre
www.achievecentre.com

Diversity and Culture - Strategies for Working with Differences. June 24, 2015

Venue: Ottawa ON
Organizer: ACHIEVE Training Centre
www.achievecentre.com

Coaching Strategies for Leaders - Conflict, Performance, Change. June 4, 2015

Venue: Ottawa ON
Organizer: ACHIEVE Training Centre
www.achievecentre.com