Community settings will be the new venue for a suite of physical therapies for seniors and eligible patients with funding from the Government of Ontario. Physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes will be available in long-term care homes and in communities across Ontario.
The Ontario government has made an additional investment in the community care sector of $260 million in 2013/2014 to reduce wait times for patients needing home care services. This funding will also assist in reaching a target for patients who require nursing services and those with complex needs to receive home care within five days of their Community Care Access Centre assessment.
As part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, the Ontario government is expanding the nursing scope of practice. This will help to provide patients with access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place.
Are you an individual with lived experience of mental illness? A caregiver, friend or family member of someone experiencing mental illness? The Enabling Minds project is working towards reducing barriers for people with mental health-related disabilities, so they can participate in physical activity programs offered by recreation and fitness organizations.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.