The 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.
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.
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
A 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.
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.
Ontario 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.
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.
As 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.