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July 10, 2015 Therapy dogs to provide mental health support for athletes at Pan Am games

Therapy dog -For the first time in Pan Am games history, mental health support for athletes will include visits from 125 special dogs.

June 19, 2015 MHCC releases recovery-oriented guidelines

MHCC Recovery GuidelinesThe Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. The first of their kind in Canada, the guidelines aim to provide comprehensive information on recovery and recovery principles for mental health professionals, policy and decision makers, all individuals accessing mental health services and their supporters. The release of the guidelines marks the third and final step of the MHCCs’ Recovery Initiative, which included the creation of The Recovery Declaration, a tool to facilitate dialogue, as well as an online inventory of recovery resources.

June 19, 2015 StatsCan releases report on police interactions with individuals with mental health and addictions issues

JuristatA recent article in the StatsCan periodical Juristat reveals new data on the frequency of contact that individuals with mental health and addictions issues have with police.

June 5, 2015 Howard Sapers, Canada’s prison ombudsman, will not be reappointed

CBC’s The Current recently reported that after 11 years of service as Canada’s Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers has been told that he will not be reappointed for the role. The CBC made note that this decision comes in advance of a Federal election later this year. Prior Correctional Investigators have held the position for up to 25 years.

May 21, 2015 Canada’s Correctional Services Crisis

Crisis in Correctional Services coverLack 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.

April 23, 2015 CMHA National releases position on police record checks

CMHA National recently released a position statement on the “Right to Privacy related to Mental Health Information contained within Police Records.” This position statement comes in the wake of the announcement that the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario will be drafting new legislation on what police services can and cannot disclose. The BC Information and Privacy Commissioner has also issued an order stating that information related to an individual’s mental health should not be included in police information checks.

April 9, 2015 Bill to establish a Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice will not go to Senate

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.

April 9, 2015 CBC Radio’s the Current examines media coverage of mental health issues

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.

March 26, 2015 Landmark study dispels ‘not criminally responsible’ myths

According to the National Trajectory Project, a landmark study published in the March 2015 edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, less than one-tenth of Canadians found not criminally responsible (NCR) on account of a mental disorder commit a serious violent crime. Moreover, 72 percent of NCR individuals have at least one psychiatric hospitalization before their offence and less than one percent re-commit a serious violent crime once released back into the community.

March 26, 2015 Statistics Canada Releases More Data on Canadians with Disabilities

In March, Statistics Canada released more data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD). Data from the CSD is used to present a profile of Canadian adults whose daily activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. The new data points to significant labour and income disparities faced by those with disabilities.