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Provincial News

April 18, 2013 Trauma Guidelines for women's substance use services

In our last issue of Mental Health Notes, we noted that the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (ODTF) would soon be posting guidelines to support organizations providing substance use treatment services for women. “Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women’s Substance Use Services” will help you understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma.

April 5, 2013 ODEN: Move ODSP employment programmes to Employment Ontario

The Ontario Disability Network (ODEN) – a provincial network of employment service providers that assist persons with disabilities find and keep work – has published a position paper that calls on the Ontario government to move ODSP employment programming to Employment Ontario, the employment and training division of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

March 21, 2013 Celebrating ten years: Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

This year the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA) celebrates its tenth year anniversary. The OCDPA was officially established in February 2003 when it became clear that there was an urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention in Ontario.

March 7, 2013 Schizophrenia Society Survey request

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is compiling information on schizophrenia and psychosis in Ontario to create a report that will increase understanding about how the mental health system is meeting the needs of people affected by these conditions. The report will also include the perceptions of individuals and their caregivers on their experiences and quality of life as a result of these disorders.

March 7, 2013 Positive mental health, a priority indicator: Chief Medical Officer of Health

Positive mental health is a priority indicator selected by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in her annual report released on February 7 entitled, “Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick.”

February 21, 2013 Throne Speech good news for mental health

On February 19, the Speech from the Throne: The Way Forward was given for the second session of the 40th parliament in Ontario. It focused on building a stronger economy and ensuring a fair society. Among its commitments was a promise to invest more in mental health services and fight stigma.

February 21, 2013 Government continues funding for At-Home/Chez Soi

The Government of Ontario recently announced that they will continue housing and supports for 216 units serving 240 former homeless adults with mental health conditions living in Toronto. At Home/Chez Soi is a demonstration research initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that was launched in 2008.

February 7, 2013 Need to enhance communications with correctional facilities?

On January 22, 2013 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) hosted a webinar on communicating with correctional facilities. This webinar is now available for viewing online on the HSJCC Community of Interest Web Portal.

February 7, 2013 Poor quality employment results from outcome-based funding models

A study recently selected for the American Psychological Association online journal, APA PsycNET, and published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, finds that the rapid job placement strategy utilized in the Ontario Disability Support Program’s (ODSP) employment supports services has resulted in low quality, low-paying jobs which are limited in opportunities for career development for people living with mental illness.

January 25, 2013 Enabling Minds project launched and recruiting volunteers

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA Ontario), in partnership with YMCA Ontario, and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), has launched the Enabling Minds project. Recognizing the importance of recreation in promoting optimal physical and mental health, Enabling Minds aims to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreational or fitness facilities.