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January 10, 2013 Free HSJCC webinar on communicating with correctional facilities

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, January 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on communicating with correctional facilities.

December 13, 2012 OHRC writes Elections Ontario on accessibility and alternative voting technologies

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has provided Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa with feedback on Elections Ontario’s work on alternative voting technologies (internet and phone voting) and accessibility for voters with disabilities. OHRC supports Elections Ontario’s review and consultation on alternative voting technologies, as well as Elections Ontario’s eight accessibility principles: accessibility, one vote per voter, vote authentication and authorization, only count votes from valid voters, individual verifiability, voter privacy, results validation and service availability.

December 13, 2012 LCO releases "Framework on Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities"

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released its “Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities.” The purpose of the Framework is to increase understanding of the effects of laws on people with disabilities for policy makers, legislators, courts, advocates, community organizations and others. Application of the Framework is supported by a final report document that provides details on the research and consultations involved.

December 13, 2012 Health Links are breaking down barriers to coordinated care

Seniors with complex health conditions, including mental illness and addictions, will soon experience better system-wide coordination of their needs. The Ontario government is delivering on its commitment for faster access to health care, providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by creating Health Links across the province.

December 13, 2012 New mental health and addictions workers support Aboriginal kids and youth

Ontario is adding more than 80 new mental health and addictions workers across the province to help almost 4,000 Aboriginal children and young people get better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services. These new workers will provide counselling, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and a range of traditional health services, including traditional teachings and ceremonies. Services will be provided through 30 Aboriginal agencies across the province.

December 13, 2012 HSJCC project calls for information on police-emergency room protocols

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is developing an Information Guide on Police-Emergency Room Protocols.

Police officers, by virtue of their role as emergency responders, are often the first to arrive on the scene of a mental health crisis, and they often accompany people to the emergency room. Police officers and emergency room staff can offer unique insight about how to make the emergency room more efficient for all, both in terms of reducing wait times for police officers and increasing care for the person in crisis.

November 29, 2012 Reminder: Elections Ontario wants your feedback on internet and phone voting

Elections Ontario (EO) is asking the public for feedback on internet and phone voting. The deadline for responses is December 2, 2012. To participate, visit the Elections Ontario website to download a summary of research on the topic and/or complete a survey online (alternative formats also available).

November 29, 2012 LHINs increase funding for mental health and addictions

A number of local health integrated networks have recently announced increased funding for mental health and addictions:

The South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) has increased funding support for crisis response, transitional case management and addictions treatment. Details of the funding allocations and recipient organizations can be found at

November 29, 2012 Report outlines potential consequences of CSUMB elimination

The Wellesley Institute and the Income Security Advocacy Centre have released a report that outlines the potential negative health impacts resulting from elimination of Ontario’s Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB).

November 29, 2012 Ontario's child and youth mental health action plan, "Moving on Mental Health"

The provincial government has released an action plan to build on Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, focusing its first investment on children and youth. “Moving on Mental Health: A system that makes sense for children and youth” outlines areas of system transformation over the next three years. The goal is to define clear pathways to care for parents and young people through a coordinated, responsive system.