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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.’

November 20, 2014 Transforming Health Care in Northeastern Ontario

Community HospitalsThe North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has released a new report, which looks at the evolving role of community hospitals in Northeastern Ontario.

November 20, 2014 New toolkit to help Canadian communities address homelessness

Housing First ToolkitThe Homeless Hub, together with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) introduced the Canadian ‘Housing First’ Toolkit at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Vancouver. The toolkit was developed to help communities and organizations plan, implement, evaluate and sustain a Housing First initiative or approach in their local community.

November 20, 2014 Mental health support needed for community safety and well-being

Community Safety and Wellbeing_CoverThe Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) have released phase 2 of the Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy as part of the development of the provincial approach to community safety and well-being.

November 6, 2014 Former Lieutenant Governor to champion accessibility in Ontario
The Hon. David Onley

The Hon. David Onley

Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. David Onley, has been appointed as a special advisor to the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

November 6, 2014 Increased provincial support to improve campus mental health

Photo courtesy of Toronto Star.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has extended the Mental Health Innovation Fund (MHIF) by two years, pledging $12 million for mental health services and programs to support post-secondary students

October 23, 2014 Ontario's Home and Community Care Expert Group seeks input

Expert Group ScreenshotA government-appointed advisory group examining ways to improve the home and community care sector is looking for input from individuals, caregivers and health service providers.