Mental Health Notes
Late in 2013, Bill S-208, an Act to establish the Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice was introduced and received first reading in the Senate. The bill was then sent to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in March 2015.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the popular CBC radio program, the Current, took a closer look at the role of the media and how journalists report on mental illness and mental health.
The Global Mental Health group from the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry and the Office of Transformative Global Health from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are organizing a global mental health conference to take place in Toronto from May 6-8, 2015 to look at the theme of lessons in global mental health initiatives for local benefit.
Local Health Integration Networks have been busy engaging with branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association in recent weeks to announce government funding earmarked in Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
After delivering a variety of successful trainings over the last six months, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario’s Working for Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs has come to an end. The project helped direct service providers enhance skills in key areas of targeted prevention, brief services, family skill building and supporting the capacity to practice within a health equity lens.
The Community of Interest (COI) for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions held a think tank this week to explore the potential of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) to advance health equity. The event brought together close to 80 participants from across Ontario, including representatives from hospitals, community-based mental health and addictions agencies, research institutes, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues and racialization.
There were two successful developments recently as part of the ongoing Talk Today initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario is proud to present the Mood Walks summit, a one-day knowledge exchange and networking event on March 31, 2015 to share exciting developments in the Mood Walks program.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) intends to accelerate the process of medical reviews1 for a large section of people on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Starting April 1, 2015, medical reviews will go out to up to 1,900 randomly selected people on ODSP. Currently, only 600 cases per month are reviewed so, this plan will significantly intensify the process.
Earlier this month, Yasir Naqvi, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, addressed the attendees at the second Summit on the Economics of Policing and Community Safety. In his speech, the Naqvi spoke about the need to change the way we do policing and move towards a community-centered focus. He went on to highlight the province’s community situation tables as a model that is working.