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Provincial News

May 21, 2015 Ontario Investing in Health Innovation

Ontario has announced a new investment of $20 million for health innovation as part of the government’s adoption of  all six recommendations from the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC).  The goal  of these recommendations is to support more Ontario-made health technologies, improve patient care and encourage economic growth.

May 21, 2015 New Northern Telepsychiatry Program

A new Northern Telepsychiatry Program is now available that will link psychiatrists to Family Health Teams in the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).  The program creates a collaborative care model for both providers and patients, and aims to increase Northerners’ access to mental health care across the region.

April 23, 2015 Ontario launches public consultations to improve access to affordable housing

Ontario is launching consultations for a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to support the province’s goals of improving outcomes for people and ending homelessness.  The Consultation Discussion Guide outlines the progress of the current strategy, future goals and areas where more input from partners is needed. Participants can submit their views to the government online, by telephone or in writing by July 3, 2015.

April 23, 2015 HSJCC series features Mental Health Pre-Charge Diversion

A recent webinar by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) focused on a Mental Health Adult Pre-Charge Diversion Program in Durham Region. Constable Scott Logan, along with Yolanda Diston and Valerie Mussington from Durham Mental Health Services, engaged over 150 webinar participants in a discussion about local efforts in implementing this program and how it has helped them make referrals and improve police awareness of mental health issues.

April 23, 2015 Webinar series explores shades of integration

Image of Integration Resource website. Linked to website.Two integration case studies were presented in a webinar hosted by Community Health Ontario on April 15, the first event in a three-part series. Close to 70 participants heard two stories from opposite ends of the spectrum — a collaborative alliance in the South West LHIN, and a full merger in Toronto Central LHIN — followed by an informative Q&A session.

April 9, 2015 HSJCC conference call for abstracts open

HSJCC Conference imageThe provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) has opened the call for abstract submissions for their 2015 Conference. The conference, titled “Mobilizing Community – Promoting Resiliency, Sustaining Recovery & Restoring Justice” will be held from November 16-18, 2015 in Toronto.

April 9, 2015 Parents, caregivers, front-line workers can take advantage of educational opportunities at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute

Hincks-Dellcrest Parent Webinars imageThe mission of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute is to build knowledge and capacity in children and families’ mental health through education and outreach.

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.