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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.

June 19, 2015 Thunder Bay hospital receives new mental health wing

The Government of Ontario announced this week that it will invest close to $48 million to help build a new wing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay to offer rehabilitation services to people with mental health issues.

June 19, 2015 New measures to protect patient privacy in Ontario

9394bb1f9b8bccdaa7897a923263363cOntario is working to improve privacy and accountability in the health care system with new measures to protect the personal health information of patients.  The province will be introducing amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) that, if passed, should strengthen privacy rules, make it easier to prosecute offences and increase fines.

June 19, 2015 Ontario launches workplace consultations

cwr2The Government of Ontario has launched public consultations on two key Acts that will impact on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultations will consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 can be amended to balance protection for workers while supporting businesses.

June 19, 2015 LHIN CEO receives Champions of Telemedicine Award

Louise Paquette, Chief Executive Officer of the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has been awarded with an inaugural Champions of Telemedicine Award from the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).  She received the award for her work in helping more Northerners access care through the unique telemedicine technology.

June 19, 2015 Public consultations now underway on Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Affordable Housing Strategy ModelThe Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is providing Ontarians with an opportunity to provide the government input on the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.  The Ministry is engaging with the public and partners across government to inform this strategy.

June 19, 2015 Do wait times affect care pathways for children’s mental health services?

In Ontario, children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are unable to keep up with the demand. The result is wait lists for these services. In an effort to get help, some families may contact more than one service provider. This can lead to lost time and emotional stress for families, and duplication of services and other inefficiencies for the CAMHS system.

June 19, 2015 Be Safe app goes provincial!

Learn how to use it with youth at a free training webinar

BeSafe-2014-03Be Safe has been expanded across the province. This free app was created in 2014 to help youth in London Middlesex to more effectively connect with local mental health and addiction resources.

June 19, 2015 MHCC releases recovery-oriented guidelines

MHCC Recovery GuidelinesThe Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. The first of their kind in Canada, the guidelines aim to provide comprehensive information on recovery and recovery principles for mental health professionals, policy and decision makers, all individuals accessing mental health services and their supporters. The release of the guidelines marks the third and final step of the MHCCs’ Recovery Initiative, which included the creation of The Recovery Declaration, a tool to facilitate dialogue, as well as an online inventory of recovery resources.

June 19, 2015 StatsCan releases report on police interactions with individuals with mental health and addictions issues

JuristatA recent article in the StatsCan periodical Juristat reveals new data on the frequency of contact that individuals with mental health and addictions issues have with police.

June 5, 2015 CMHA welcomes new Ontario legislation on police record checks

Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, introduced the Police Record Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) in the provincial legislature this week. The new legislation outlines what can be disclosed by police officers on police records and legislates procedures on requesting, conducting and disclosing police record check information.