A Hamilton-Wentworth (HW) Corrections – Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Working Group that was created last October out of the Hamilton Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee have been busy analysing and following up on results from a recent pilot project.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. The organization is marking 50 years of serving individuals and their families in Grey and Bruce counties area.
On June 18, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. The policy reflects the OHRC’s interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) with respect to mental health (MH) disabilities and addictions, and provides standards, guidelines and best practice examples. The launch event featured OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall as well as speakers from the Dream Team, Empowerment Council and Ryerson University.
In June 2014, CMHA Ontario released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect. Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.
In its final written submission to the Dean Mayo Moran independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), CMHA Ontario calls for strong and consistent protections for people with mental health disabilities in Ontario.
Registration is open for the Real Stories, Real Hope panel discussion organized by CMHA Halton.
Mental Health Notes will be taking a little break over the summer. Rather than publish every two weeks, the e-newsletter, which is distributed to nearly 3,000 subscribers, will be published once a month in July and August.
We will return to our regular publication schedule in the fall and continue to deliver interesting and informative mental health and addictions-related news, events and announcements.
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is a coalition of nine organizations, including CMHA Ontario, from across the continuum of care – from community to hospital services, including consumer and family organizations. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure that mental health and addictions are a priority during the 2014 provincial election campaign.
Mental health-related wait times and emergency department (ED) use were topics that CMHA Ontario addressed during two presentations at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario’s annual conference which took place from May 25-27, 2014.