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Provincial News

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.

September 25, 2014 New report on housing wait lists paints a stark picture for Ontario

Housing Waiting List - Infograpahic 1The numbers are in. According to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) latest report, the province needs 68 per cent more social housing units. This is the increase that would be required to house all of the Ontario households currently waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. This is a 4.2 per cent increase over last year.

 

September 25, 2014 CMHA Ontario’s support for post-secondary students aligns with provincial directions

Student Mental HealthAs post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.

August 14, 2014 Addictions and Mental Health Ontario appoints new CEO

AMHO_logoGail Czukar has accepted the position of CEO for Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, an organization of community-governed, not-for-profit agencies that provide a full continuum of services and supports to help individuals in Ontario facing mental health and addiction issues.

August 14, 2014 Mental health needs of war-affected children

The Ontario government has announced that it will undertake a collaborative approach to ensure that provincial hospitals have the capacity to support injured children, whether Palestinian or Israeli, who are victims of the current crisis in the Middle East.

August 14, 2014 New mental health website for Kenora First Nations communities

Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping ProjectA new initiative to increase access to mental health and addiction services for First Nations communities has resulted in increased dialogue between partners and the Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping Project, a new website that links Kenora-area First Nations residents with service providers.

August 14, 2014 Participate in Schizophrenia Society of Ontario survey on antipsychotic medication

SSO LogoDo you or someone you know use antipsychotic medication? If so, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) would like to hear from you!

July 30, 2014 New report recommends increased capacity and coordination for developmental services in Ontario

A new report by the Select Committee on Developmental Services details 46 recommendations for developmental services in Ontario, emphasizing the need to reduce waitlists for individuals waiting for care.

July 17, 2014 A breakdown of mental health, health commitments in recent Ontario budget

budget_homeOne of the first measures of the new Liberal Government in Ontario was to re-release its 2014-2015 budget, Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future. CMHA Ontario has provided the following budget breakdown that may be of use for mental health and addictions organizations.