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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

February 24, 2017 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care hosting webinar on progress of implementing Patients First

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will host a webinar on the implementation progress of Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care on Feb. 27. The session will be hosted by Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation. A question-and-answer session follows.

January 26, 2017 CMHA Ottawa housing program making a difference

As a proponent of a “housing first” approach, CMHA Ottawa has a long history of providing support to help chronically homeless people find a safe place to live in order to aid in their recovery of mental health issues.

January 26, 2017 New carding regulations in effect in Ontario

New police street checks regulations in Ontario have increased restrictions on when officers can ask for identification from those they are questioning.

January 5, 2017 Leveraging the OCAN for quality improvement; an E-QIP webinar

Registration is now open for the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project’s (E-QIP) next webinar, Using the OCAN for Improvement. The webinar will take place on January 25, 2017 from 12 to 1:15 pm and is intended for community mental health and addictions staff and volunteers interested in quality improvement.

December 8, 2016 CMHA Ontario provides mental health perspective on basic income pilot

CMHA Ontario is pleased the provincial government is examining the feasibility of the Basic Income Pilot Project, but believes mental health and addictions sector must be a key contributor in the discussion.

December 8, 2016 Ontario passes Patients First legislation to transform the province's health care system

The provincial government passed legislation aimed at improving access to and coordination of health services for Ontarians on Dec. 7.

November 7, 2016 Counselling to come for jurors

Law gavel with reflection

A new Ontario government program aims to provide free telephone counselling to those serving jury duty starting in January.

November 7, 2016 CMHA Grey Bruce thanks community after securing finalist spot in national funding competition

thank-you-social-media-graphic-finalOWEN SOUND – Thanks to tremendous community support, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Grey Bruce branch now has a chance to secure some additional funding to enhance a flourishing program.

November 4, 2016 Province launches consultations on basic income pilot

The Ontario government is launching public consultations to explore key questions raised in a discussion paper about a basic income pilot project in Ontario.

November 2, 2016 Ontario opening dedicated mental health unit for incarcerated females

A first of its kind unit in Ontario intends to meet the unique needs of females in the correctional system with mental health issues.