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Provincial News

September 29, 2016 Ontario increasing social assistance rates and minimum wage

Ontario announced this week that it will be increasing financial assistance rates for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works. This is welcome news for people with lived experience of mental illnesses in the province, who constitute nearly 50% of ODSP recipients.

September 23, 2016 Open call for Quality Standard Advisory Committee members to develop quality standards for community based schizophrenia care

desk-group-quality-standardsHealth Quality Ontario has released an open call for volunteers to help form an advisory committee that will set quality standards for care provided to individuals living with schizophrenia within Ontario comminutes.

September 23, 2016 Consultations for developing a dementia strategy for Ontario begin

developing-dementia-strategyOntarians are being invited to share their view on a new dementia strategy following the release of a report by the provincial government.

September 22, 2016 Challenges made to Ontario Disability Support Program’s medical transport reimbursement policy

The Income Security Advocacy Centre and Aboriginal Legal Services challenged the current Medical Transportation policy on behalf of a recipient of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) on Sept. 19.

September 22, 2016 Unique mental health program launched for Sault Ste. Marie college athletes

CMHA_TalkTodaylogo_standaloneA one-of-a-kind partnership will see 180 varsity athletes, coaches, trainers and athletic staff at Sault College receive mental health and suicide awareness training this season.

September 14, 2016 OHL player shares his mental health message

guelph-stormGuelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden was in the news after speaking out about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.

September 14, 2016 Baycrest supports evaluation of Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+

Living Life to the Full BooksCMHA Ontario and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest have partnered to evaluate the Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ project. This unique venture works to understand the impact of a mental health promotion program currently being delivered in Toronto in partnership with community agencies. The program, Living Life to the Full, is an 8-week course based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy. Also known as “12 hours that can change your life”, Living Life to the Full provides groups with skills and knowledge to cope with life’s challenges.

September 14, 2016 Toronto Star voices a desire for national suicide prevention plan

tsstoryThe Toronto Star is calling on a nationwide suicide prevention plan to be implemented as soon as possible.

September 12, 2016 Throne speech short on mental health promises

The Liberal government delivered its speech from the Throne on Sept. 12, after Premier Kathleen Wynne prorogued the Legislature on Sept. 8. The speech was delivered by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and focused mainly on the economy, child care and education, electricity rebates and business development. Mention of health care issues focused on primary care investments but did not make any direct mention of mental health initiatives or improvements.

September 9, 2016 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care hosts webinar on the progress of Patients First

CMHA Ontario participated in a webinar that could mark transformative changes for the Ontario health care system.