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Provincial News

November 20, 2014 Mental health support needed for community safety and well-being

Community Safety and Wellbeing_CoverThe Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) have released phase 2 of the Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy as part of the development of the provincial approach to community safety and well-being.

November 6, 2014 Former Lieutenant Governor to champion accessibility in Ontario
The Hon. David Onley

The Hon. David Onley

Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. David Onley, has been appointed as a special advisor to the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

November 6, 2014 Increased provincial support to improve campus mental health

Photo courtesy of Toronto Star.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has extended the Mental Health Innovation Fund (MHIF) by two years, pledging $12 million for mental health services and programs to support post-secondary students

October 23, 2014 Ontario's Home and Community Care Expert Group seeks input

Expert Group ScreenshotA government-appointed advisory group examining ways to improve the home and community care sector is looking for input from individuals, caregivers and health service providers.

October 23, 2014 Children's Mental Health Ontario invites participants to 2014 conference

Conference - register - squareChildren’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has announced that registration is open for its 42nd Annual Conference.

October 23, 2014 Health Quality Ontario’s annual conference

logo-hqt-2014-en.fwJoin Health Quality Ontario (HQO) as it hosts Health Quality Transformation 2014 on November 20, 2014.

October 9, 2014 Rural and northern health issues: Challenges and new opportunities

People in Ontario’s rural and northern communities have higher self-reported rates of fair or poor mental health, compared to the provincial average. CMHA Ontario is concerned about this disparity and remains committed to working with our local Branches to address the systemic barriers contributing to this inequity. In the past, CMHA Ontario has highlighted key challenges facing these communities and will continue to monitor any developments that focus on addressing mental health issues in northern Ontario.

October 9, 2014 Mental health included in seven of the mandate letters released by Premier Wynne

Premier WynneOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released mandate letters to each Cabinet Minister in late September, outlining key priorities in 2014-2015 for their respective ministries. This is the first time that expectations for Ontario provincial cabinet ministers have been made public. CMHA, Ontario is encouraged to see that seven of the mandate letters include improvements for individuals with mental health issues.

October 9, 2014 New study suggests that involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success

The transition from prison to community can be incredibly challenging, which is one reason why almost half of all female prisoners are back behind bars within one year of their release and most have multiple prison terms, mainly for drug-related offenses.

September 25, 2014 Ending homelessness: A long-term goal of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Realizing our Potential ImageAs long-time advocates for increases to supportive housing, CMHA Ontario is pleased to see improved housing and ending homelessness as central long-term goals of Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential.