Mental Health Notes
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.
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, CMHA branch Board members gathered for a full day program of governance-related subjects to help them in their leadership role within their respective jurisdictions. There were five presentations in total, spanning a wide range of topics including: legal and fiduciary duties of board members, fundraising, and anticipated implications of the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.
Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). As an arm’s length agency of the provincial government, HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care and better outcomes for Ontarians.