Mental Health Notes
In late February, 2014, CMHA Ontario spoke to Healthy Debate writer Karen Born about our collaborative work with the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee. More specifically, we discussed the outcomes of the HSJCC Info Guide on Strategies for Implementing Effective Police-Emergency Department (ED) Protocols in Ontario which was released in 2013. Karen also spoke with representatives from hospitals and police services in order to write this article along with co-authors Dr. Andreas Laupacis and Mike Tierney. The piece provides a wide lens, looking at emergency department and police collaborations across Canada.
People served by CMHA Sault Ste. Marie-Algoma can now use the region’s first source of centralized access for mental health and addiction services. Launched recently, the Central Access and Information Service is a partnership between the branch, North Shore Community Support Services in Elliot Lake and other mental health and addiction service providers in Algoma.
Employers need to focus on mental health in the workplace just like they would do physical health, states a recent article authored by Kathy Jurgens, National Program Manager for Mental Health Works – a Canada-wide program based at CMHA Ontario.
Of 140 people that registered, nearly everyone participated in a free webinar recently about a new online repository that might help them overcome challenges when it comes to the world of integration.
CMHA Ontario recently participated in an online discussion hosted by Health Nexus on benefits and strategies for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced on February 26, 2014, that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Executive approved a motion to change the way it shares non-conviction records.
Gerry McNeilly, Ontario’s independent police review director, announced that Toronto police use-of-force guidelines will be investigated starting at the end of February, 2014. The review will look at the most recent Sammy Yatim case as well as the outcomes of the triple inquest into the deaths of Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, Michael Eligon, 29, and Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25. Klibingaitis, Eligon, Jardine-Douglas were individuals with mental health issues who were fatally shot by police.
The Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth has released a new report by First Nations youth that calls for partnership to create healthy, safe communities for northern, remote and fly-in communities. The report is entitled Feathers of Hope: First Nations Youth Action Plan.
Ready to open this spring, the new Community Food Centre in Toronto’s Regent Park area will build on the foundation of nutrition and gardening programs already established in the neighbourhood. The food centre is the result of a partnership between the Christian Resource Centre and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).
In late summer, Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, saw an increased use of services by homeless individuals. The Executive Director, Patty Hajdu, thought ahead to the chilling temperatures that winter would likely bring. If the shelter’s 62 beds were filled in warmer months, what would be the demand for shelter when the cold weather set in?