Mental Health Notes
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.
Many people ride their bike for the enjoyment, competition, and physical challenge, but on June 21, 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) invites Canadians across the country to ride their bike to raise awareness for mental health.
Registration is now open for a free webinar profiling recent integration initiatives in the community health sector in Ontario.
The John Howard Society of Toronto presented their new Reintegration Centre recently with an Open House and barbeque event. Officially opened in November, the Centre aims to help individuals who are released from the new Toronto South Detention Centre, located across the street, to better reintegrate back into the community. Toronto South is a male correctional facility that can hold over 1,600 inmates and will release approximately 180 men each week once the facility is at capacity.
Police are looking to collect community feedback on the new body-worn camera pilot project, which took to the streets this month. Over the next few weeks, 20,000 surveys will be delivered to randomly chosen homes and businesses, and an online surveyis available for members of the public to share their feedback as well. The survey includes questions about support for officers to wear a camera and in what situations the camera should be turned off. The pilot project will last one year, and will then be evaluated using the community’s comments.
The Government of Ontario has asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to develop the new standards for suicide prevention in a hospital setting. A new OHA task force, chaired by Dr. Ian Dawe, will focus on establishing safe medical practices for at-risk patients by looking at best practices and working with patients and those with lived-experience.
Health Quality Ontario has launched a new report, titled Looking for Balance. The report highlights that a major difference across Ontario’s long-term care homes is the percentage of residents who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications.
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.