Mental Health Notes
CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville recently hosted an evening production of Days of Wine and Roses, a 1958 teleplay currently running at the Hart House Theatre. The play features an all-recovery cast and is a theatrical fundraiser for the Renascent Foundation, a leading abstinence based residential treatment facility in Toronto.
As part of the 2015 budget announcement, Finance Minister Charles Souse included the creation of a new courthouse in downtown Toronto.. The courthouse will aim to consolidate 5 Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice courthouses across the Greater Toronto Area including:
- 777 College St. at College Park
- 1911 Eglinton Ave. E.
- 1000 Finch Ave. W., North York
- 2201 Finch Ave. W., North York
- Old City Hall, the 1899 E.J. Lennox-designed landmark owned by the city.
Concerns about the province’s decision to accelerate the pace of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) medical reviews led to a welcome change of direction by the Ontario government this week. While the government originally planned to begin to clear a backlog of more than 60,000 medical reviews on April 1, 2015, a spokeswoman for the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, told the Toronto Star this week that “the Ministry wants to take the time to get the process right.”
Ontario has announced a new investment of $20 million for health innovation as part of the government’s adoption of all six recommendations from the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC). The goal of these recommendations is to support more Ontario-made health technologies, improve patient care and encourage economic growth.
A new Northern Telepsychiatry Program is now available that will link psychiatrists to Family Health Teams in the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The program creates a collaborative care model for both providers and patients, and aims to increase Northerners’ access to mental health care across the region.
The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is the provincial standardized assessment tool for the community mental health sector. This tool supports a consumer-driven approach and focuses conversations on the client’s needs and strengths, and the development of a recovery plan.
Young people under 24 years of age are the fastest growing segment of Canada’s homeless population. In Toronto, about one quarter of homeless youth were born outside Canada. But there is a lack of research that specifically explores the cross-section of youth homelessness and newcomer status.
Lack of mental health training for correctional officers, overcrowding and poor treatment of individuals with mental health issues are the key issues identified in a recent report by the Public Services Foundation of Canada (PSFC), titled Crisis in Correctional Services.
More than 400 CMHA staff and front-line workers from across the province gathered in Toronto last week for the first-ever CMHA Ontario provincial conference.