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December 19, 2013 New Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario

AtlasReportCoverEarlier this year, we reported on the release of a report about the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program’s upcoming atlas. The full atlas has now been published in collaboration between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

December 19, 2013 LAO kicks off their mental health strategy at PARC

LAOLegal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched their mental health strategy consultation with a recent event at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) in Toronto.

December 19, 2013 Family members needed for survey to enhance tool that helps individuals with schizophrenia

Image courtesy of smarnad / FreeDigitalPhotos.NetThe Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) Schizophrenia Division is looking for families to participate in a survey that tests the usefulness of a family-centred approach when dealing with the cognitive impacts of schizophrenia.

December 5, 2013 Woman denied entry into the US because of clinical depression history

Last week at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Ellen Richardson was told that she couldn’t enter the United States because she was hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012 and would require a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation would need to be done by 1 of 3 physicians approved by U.S. officials and not Ellen’s regular psychiatrist.

December 5, 2013 New resource helps lawyers improve practice with clients with disabilities

arch_logoArch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond.  The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French.  Articles address a range of issues including:

  • Understanding disability
  • Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
  • Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
  • Human rights and disability
  • Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
December 5, 2013 OHRC releases new online training about the duty to accommodate

quiz_buttonTo mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate.  Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender.  This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.

December 4, 2013 Legal Aid Ontario announces consultations on Mental Health Strategy

LAOA new discussion paper released by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today reveals that there is a high prevalence of mental health issues and social marginalization within the population who are currently eligible for legal aid services.

November 21, 2013 Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

Building a Better  School Environment for  Youth with Mental Health  and Addiction IssuesA new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 makes key recommendations to improve how Ontario schools can support youth with mental health and addictions issues. Spearheaded by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues identified the need for:

  • Improved communication between students and educators
  • A greater level of mental health education
  • Increased resources to ensure more young people seek help, such as designated safe spaces.
November 21, 2013 Study: adults with developmental disabilities face more health problems but are less likely to get care

AtlasReportCoverNew information about how people with developmental disabilities in Ontario need and use health services is now available. A summary version of the Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario is now available from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.  While the full version of the resource will be available in December, the summary provides a wealth of information.

November 21, 2013 Health sector reps gather to talk Quality Improvement

Health Quality Transformation 2013Health Quality Ontario’s 2013 annual conference brought together people from all sectors of the health system to exchange ideas and work together toward the common goal of more integrated, high quality care for Ontarians. Titled Health Quality Transformation 2013, HQO’s second annual conference for health system providers, partners and leaders took place in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.