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November 3, 2011 Information Request: Was the provincial election accessible to voters with mental health disabilities?

During the recent provincial election, did you or someone you know experience any accessibility barriers related to a mental health issue or disability? If so, please share your feedback to help make the next Ontario election even more accessible to voters with mental health issues or disabilities.

October 20, 2011 CMHA Ontario releases discussion paper on violence and mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has released a new discussion paper titled “Violence and Mental Health: Unpacking a Complex Issue.” Although studies have shown that people living with mental health conditions are no more likely to engage in violent behaviour than the general population, public perceptions – often influenced by the media – are contributing to attitudes that have a significant impact on the lives of people with mental illnesses.

October 6, 2011 CCIM establishes Service User Advisory Group

Community Care Information Management (CCIM) has a strategic vision to provide seamlessly integrated, community-based client care where all service providers can securely share and access consistent and accurate information electronically. CCIM consists of two streams and a number of projects to support the community care sector.

October 6, 2011 Reminder: It is Election Day in Ontario

It is Election Day in Ontario! The polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for eligible voters to cast their ballot.

For information on when, where and how to vote, please visit the Elections Ontario website at www.wemakevotingeasy.

September 22, 2011 LCO seeks feedback on consultation paper on the law and persons with disabilities

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is seeking feedback on its consultation paper about how the law affects persons with disabilities. Feedback is sought from the public, including persons with disabilities, service providers, policy makers, lawyers and advocates until November 25, 2011. This feedback will be incorporated into the LCO’s interim report and draft framework, and then a final report in 2012.

September 22, 2011 Draft competency profiles for registered psychotherapists and registered mental health therapists now available for input

The provincial government established the transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario to establish regulations and standards that form the basis of a new regulatory college.

September 22, 2011 Report on impact of Ontario's housing strategy on housing market

“Where’s Home?” is published jointly by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region (CHFCO), and reveals the results of the annual survey of the affordable housing situation in Ontario. The 2011 edition contains long-standing information on renter statistics (there are 1.3 million renter households across the province), housing vacancies (bachelor vacancies are down), the wait list for affordable housing (up this year by 10,442 households) and a comparison of renter and home owner markets comparative to income.

September 22, 2011 CMHA Ontario and SSO submission to Ontario's Social Assistance Review

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) made a joint submission to the review of Ontario’s Social Assistance System. The submission is in response to the “Discussion Paper: Ideas and Questions” that the Commission used to guide public consultation in July 2011.

September 8, 2011 New supports for seniors with complex mental health needs

Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) across Ontario have invested $40 million to enhance services for seniors who are displaying behaviours that are associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions. The new investments are for local initiatives that improve care by hiring and training new staff – nurses, personal support workers and other health care providers with the specialized skills needed to provide appropriate care for seniors.

August 25, 2011 LHINC Mental Health and Addictions Working Group report

The Local Health Integrated Network Collaborative (LHINC) is an Ontario provincial advisory body formed by the LHINs in 2009 to strengthen relationships with health service providers, their associations and LHINs collectively on system-wide issues. LHINC established a Working Group (WG) on mental health and addictions in April 2010 for the purposes of providing practical, consistent provincial advice on improving access to care for people with lived experience and methods to measure and track the changes. Members of the group represent the geographic diversity of the province as well as service provider sectors across Ontario. Through surveys, interaction with provincial groups and literature reviews, the WG developed an understanding of the issues around mental health and addictions.