Mental Health Notes
Improving child and youth mental health was highlighted as a provincial priority by the government of Ontario, as described in its mental health strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
Youth-adult partnerships involve youth and adults working together to improve the systems that affect them. While research on the effects of these partnerships in community mental health promotion is limited, research in other areas demonstrate positive benefits for youth.
CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) are looking for organizations to share their experiences and evidence at OPHA’S 2015 Fall Forum. They are interested in policy initiatives, programs, or research related to public health advocacy and leading social change.
CMHA York Region and South Simcoe now offers an innovative way to meet the confidential health-care needs of youth in a safe, non-judgmental environment. The CMHA branch launched a first-of-its-kind mobile clinic last week, disguised as a graffiti-tagged RV.
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.