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December 15, 2011 PPAO office releases 2010 annual report

The Psychiatric Patient Advocacy Office (PPAO) has released their 2010 annual report. The PPAO has been providing rights advice, education and advocacy to Ontarians with mental illness for over 25 years. They offer both individual and system advocacy to provide a system of checks and balances for rights identified in the Mental Health Act (MHA).

December 15, 2011 Chief Medical Officer of Health puts focus on health promotion

In an annual report to Ontario’s legislative assembly, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has called for a new conversation on health focused less on health care, and more on health promotion and chronic disease and injury prevention.

December 1, 2011 OPSEU urges Social Assistance Commission

The Ontario Public Service Employee Union (OPSEU) made a second submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance, asking them to consider a number of additional recommendations on the basis that the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) are governed by two different acts. As such, they have different mandates and different expectations for recipients.

November 3, 2011 Health Gateway launched

Health Gateway is a new Ontario-focused, accessible web-based e-library for people living with complex chronic illnesses and episodic disabilities, and their caregivers. Health Gateway connects people to resources based on wherever they are in their care journey. It aims to facilitate access to important information that people need to manage their health and daily living needs including housing and employment information, income support, equipment, services and funding. It also links users to a broad range of information from vetted and approved sources.

November 3, 2011 Review of Canada's Registered Disability Savings Plan announced

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings vehicle introduced in 2008 to allow families and friends of individuals with physical and mental disabilities to invest in a savings plan that can be drawn upon for income later in life. The RDSP is exempt from ODSP.

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.