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March 26, 2015 Accelerated ODSP medical reviews could cause hardship for marginalized individuals

 The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) intends to accelerate the process of medical reviews1 for a large section of people on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Starting April 1, 2015, medical reviews will go out to up to 1,900 randomly selected people on ODSP. Currently, only 600 cases per month are reviewed so, this plan will significantly intensify the process.

March 26, 2015 Community Safety Minister highlights “Situation Table Model” as best practice

 Earlier this month, Yasir Naqvi, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, addressed the attendees at the second Summit on the Economics of Policing and Community Safety. In his speech, the Naqvi spoke about the need to change the way we do policing and move towards a community-centered focus. He went on to highlight the province’s community situation tables as a model that is working.

March 26, 2015 Ontario’s home care system needs a “system-wide culture shift”: report

 The current home care system in Ontario “fails to meet the needs of clients and families.” This is according to a new report released earlier this month by a group of experts commissioned by the Ontario government. Bringing Care Home, contains 16 recommendations to improve the patient experience, promote equal access to services in communities across the province, and identify innovative opportunities to support a sustainable and accountable health care system.

March 12, 2015 Social innovation for family justice and mental health sectors

Around the world social innovation labs are gaining popularity as an effective method to create systems change. This methodology involves convening diverse stakeholders together to develop, test and scale new solutions to complex social and service problems. They employ methods typically used in the technology sector to create products such as smartphones.

March 12, 2015 Children and youth have worse mental health outcomes in Northern Ontario: report

Screen Shot of Report CoverA new report called Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario: A Baseline Scorecard suggests that children and youth in northern Ontario have worse mental health outcomes than in the rest of the province.

 

March 12, 2015 Psychiatric Survivors Network offers Warmline services

PSNE LogoRecently, two outreach peer support workers from the Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin (PSNE) paid a visit to Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario to spread the word about the great work they are doing in their community. The PSNE is a consumer-survivor initiative in Elgin County, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to facilitating mental health education and acts as a liaison to reduce stigma for individuals with lived experience of mental health issues.

February 26, 2015 Province to create a mental health bed registry

The provincial government announced this week that it is creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds as part of a $28 million investment in mental health and addictions services.

February 26, 2015 Calling all youth! Use your creativity to combat stigma

changetheview2015Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is inviting young people across the province to tap into their creative side and take part in Change the View, a YouTube video contest that aims to eliminate the stigma around children’s mental health issues.

February 26, 2015 Microfinance and Mental Health: Business with a social conscience

A ‘social enterprise’ is a business involved in the production and or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, or environmental aims.

February 12, 2015 Trading up: New program hopes to steer youth away from crime

Trading Up LogoYouth at risk of coming into contact with the law face multiple challenges including unstable home environments, homelessness and poverty. Drug addictions, prostitution, crime and gang involvement can seem like easy solutions to these challenges but a new trades training centre aims to give these youth another option.