Mental Health Notes
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.
Ontario 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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Be 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.
The 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.
A 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.
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.