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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 Advocates and athletes celebrate the launch of Enabling Minds

BetterServe_002In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Dec. 3 community speakers with lived experience and mental health accessibility advocates gathered to celebrate the launch of CMHA Ontario’s enablingminds.ca mental health accessibility website.

December 11, 2015 Give the gift of mental health this holiday season

Looking for a unique, meaningful gift this holiday season? CMHA Ontario is pleased to provide you with a special, stress-free way to acknowledge your loved ones during this festive season. Send a holiday tribute gift to CMHA Ontario and help provide hope to individuals with mental health issues and their families.

December 11, 2015 Changes to AODA Customer Service Standard and new Accessibility Certificate Program announced

gapThe Government of Ontario has announced two developments related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The first is the release of the final proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA. The changes are based on recommendations made by the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee in 2013 and 2014.  Comments from the public will be received until Dec. 31. For more information and details of the changes, visit the Service Ontario website.

December 11, 2015 Provincial HSJCC hosts a webinar on an innovative court discharge program

Eighty participants tuned in to a webinar on Dec. 7 to learn about a successful court discharge protocol implemented at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and co-developed by CMHA Champlain East.

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.