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December 18, 2014 Big changes afoot for ODSP employment benefits in 2015

ODSP imageAs we get ready to ring in the new year, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is gearing up for some changes that will have a significant impact on the income levels of OSDP recipients. First announced in the 2014 Budget, the Ontario Government plans to eliminate three existing employment benefits for recipients of ODSP and create a new “Employment-Related Benefit” (ERB) program beginning April 1, 2015.

December 18, 2014 Envisioning the future of Health Links in Ontario

Health Links Conference ImageAccording to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), five percent of patients account for two-thirds of healthcare costs. These are often individuals with multiple, complex conditions. When the hospital, the family doctor, the long-term care home, community organizations and others work as a team, the patient receives better, more coordinated care. This is the vision of the 47 Community Health Links across the province.

December 18, 2014 Auditor general critiques Ontario in areas of the mental health sector

Head shot of Bonnie LysykImprovements to services for people with development disabilities are coming too slowly to help those with the greatest need, according to the 2014 annual report of Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk. The report also focused on the inadequacy of mental health training for parole and probation officers.

December 18, 2014 Ontario’s only psychiatric emergency department doubles its capacity

Visits to CAMH ED 2003-2014The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Ontario applauds province’s decision to table legislation on police checks

The Government of Ontario has promised to pursue legislative change to ensure that non-conviction information is not disclosed on police record checks. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds this decision and looks forward to legislative developments in the New Year.

December 4, 2014 Is Ontario’s Health System Measuring Up? Health Quality Ontario takes stock

Measuring Up_ImageHealth Quality Ontario’s (HQO) new report, Measuring Up, suggests    Ontarians are living longer and feeling better than ever about their health but, that many have unhealthy lifestyles. For example, 45 percent of Ontarians are inactive and almost 18 percent are considered obese.

December 4, 2014 Links between FASD and justice system explored in provincial HSJCC webinar
  • Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely than non-affected peers to be incarcerated
  • Adults with FASD are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

December 4, 2014 Improved community transportation could improve the mental health of older adults

happy seniorsTransportation barriers prevent many people from accessing essential goods, services and supports in their community. This is especially true for individuals with low-income, living in rural and remote areas, and lacking access to a vehicle. Populations that experience greater transportation challenges include youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. In an effort to address this issue, the Ontario government has announced a grant-based Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. The government states its aim is to improve transportation services for those who need it, providing funds for partnerships between municipalities and community organizations,

December 4, 2014 Primary care reform and service use by people with serious mental illness

Image of Healthcare Policy CoverHealthcare Policy has published a new study that looks at service-use by adults with serious mental illness who have been rostered in three primary care models: enhanced fee-for-service; blended-“capitation;” and, team-based “capitation” with and without mental health workers in Ontario.

November 20, 2014 CCLA and JHSO release new resources on police record checks

On the Record - Screen ShotAfter a series of educational workshops on police record checks this fall, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) have released two accompanying information guides titled ‘On the Record.’