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A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. 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.

December 11, 2015 Coming Together on Supported Housing for Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario

Wellesley ReportThe Wellesley Institute prepared a report to guide policy and programs for supported housing for people with mental health issues or addictions in Ontario and the Greater Toronto area.

December 11, 2015 New staged screening and assessment process for addictions

Watch the first webinar in the Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Ontario webinar series. This webinar provides:

  • An overview of the evidence-based staged screening and assessment process and the new tools;
  • A look at the reports that will be generated by the electronic administration of the assessment tool;
  • An update on the implementation status and plans (including training and certification); and
  • Information about impacts to the system, agencies, and clients.
December 11, 2015 Empowering youth transitions: TIP in Hamilton

TIP infographicHamilton is addressing the needs of local youth with mental health and/or addiction issues as they move from youth to adult services. To do this, community members participating in Ontario’s System Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative selected the Transition to Independence (TIP) intervention. The SISC initiative is supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Provincial System Support Program.

December 11, 2015 Free webinar for nurses and other health-care professionals

This webinar will provide:

  • a foundational overview on opioids
  • information on use, treatment, and overdose prevention
  • a harm reduction strategy focusing on reducing overdose deaths through the use of naloxone programs in Oxford County
December 11, 2015 App aims to help manage stress

thinkfull2_0A new app, thinkFull, provides tools and techniques to help understand and manage daily stress.

December 11, 2015 Trends in Income-Related Health: Inequalities in Canada

CIHI reportThe Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a report in November outlining recommendations on how to reduce health inequalities in Canada.

December 11, 2015 Report emphasizes child poverty still an issue

coverimageCampaign 2000 — a non-partisan, network of national, provincial and community partner organizations – released its annual report on poverty in Canada.

The findings were not ideal.

December 4, 2015 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) releases its Mental Health Strategy

opp mental health strategyIn order to support the mental health of the OPP workforce, and improve outcomes of police interactions with people with mental health issues in communities, OPP released its’ first Mental Health Strategy, Our People, Our Communities on Dec 2, 2015.

November 26, 2015 CMHA Ontario at the 5th Provincial Human Services and Justice Committee Conference

CMHA Ontario and CMHA branches participated in the 2015 Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference, Mobilizing Community: Promoting Resiliency, Sustaining Recovery and Resorting Justice, held in Toronto from Nov. 16 to 18. The conference was attended by more than 400 individuals from across multiple sectors including community mental health and addictions, developmental disabilities, police services, corrections, courts, legal clinics and five Ministries.

November 26, 2015 Ministry aiming for more holistic approach when dealing with offenders

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is working to change its protocols when it comes to people with mental illnesses entering the criminal justice system. That’s the message Minister Yasir Naqvi shared at the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) conference last week.