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.
For individuals who are doubly marginalized as racialized individuals and individuals with mental health issues, increasing access to quality primary care plays a significant role in improving health outcomes and reducing visits to the emergency department.
CMHA Niagara and more than 65 other organizations committed to mental health services and mental wellness promotion have created the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, a first for the region and possibly for Ontario.
In our second blog for Qualaxia, a national mental health network, CMHA Ontario shares its experience of working collaboratively to build a community of interest that would improve mental health policy, planning and service delivery.