An annual report by People for Education, has identified weaknesses in access to mental health services at the province’s public schools. People for Education is an independent community organization that conducts research and makes policy recommendations about public schools in Ontario.
A team of more than 60 researchers working on the “Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report” (POWER) has released its final chapter of findings. The completed “Women’s Health Report” will serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario’s women.
On June 20, 2012 Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures)received Royal Assent in Ontario’s parliament.
The Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures) implements Ontario’s budget for 2012, while enacting and altering various acts. Amendments made during the passage of the bill reduced the projected provincial deficit in comparison to the original budget plan proposed on March 2012. The revised budget forecasts a deficit of $15 billion for 2011/2012 and a $0.5 billion surplus by 2017/2018.
On June 19, Bill 13, An Act to amend the Education Act with respect to bullying and other matters, received Royal Assent. The bill, also known asThe Accepting Schools Act, recognizes the importance of safe, equitable and inclusive schools for all students, including LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans) students.
The Ontario Human Rights Code has been amended to prevent discrimination against trans people. On June 19, Bill 33, An Act to amend the Human Rights Code with respect to gender identity and gender expression received royal assent.
As part of the Action Plan for Health Care, the Ontario government is taking further action to reduce the abuse of prescription narcotics and controlled substance medications. A new narcotics monitoring system has been introduced that will track all prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications dispensed in Ontario.
On May 23, 2012 a review of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) was released by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). CTOs are consent-based, and can be recommended by physicians to individuals with a serious mental illness as an alternative to institutionalization. This is a community treatment plan, which often includes medication.
In early March 2012, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews convened the “Expert Working Group on Narcotic Addiction,” prior to the removal of oxycontin from Canadian markets.
On May 4, 2012, the Ontario Court of Justice in Halton Region is opening a Community Treatment Court. This new Court, which will be located in the Court House at 2021 Plains Road East in Burlington, Ontario, is designed to be a therapeutic Court.
On April 26, 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new Policy on Competing Human Rights. This policy is intended to assist individuals and organizations manage situations of competing rights.