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April 5, 2012 Literature review on people with mental health conditions in correctional facilities

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) has released a new report titled “Provincial Correctional Response to Individuals with Mental Illnesses in Ontario: A Review of Literature.” This report reviews available academic, gray and policy literature, and identifies key issues about the way the correctional system responds to individuals with mental health conditions.

March 22, 2012 Ontario Health Study

Have you completed the Ontario Health Study (OHS) yet? For a limited time, Ontarians who are 18 years or older can take part in the OHS by completing a survey (it takes about 30 minutes), help scientists investigate risk factors in diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer’s….AND collect 35 air miles or a $10 gift certificate for selected vendors!

March 22, 2012 RNAO releases new guideline on the use of restraints

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has released a new practice guideline, “Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints.” This document contains 12 recommendations, including eight specific actions for nurses.

March 22, 2012 Ontario moving hospitals towards a patient-based funding model

Ontario is making changes to the way it funds hospitals by introducing a new patient-based funding model. This new funding model is part of the “Action Plan for Health Care” and funds hospitals based on:

  • Number of patients seen;
  • Services delivered;
  • Quality of those services and other specific community needs.
March 22, 2012 CMHA Ontario makes recommendations for social assistance reforms

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has responded to the Social Assistance Review Commission’s second paper, “Options for Reform” with 13 recommendations in the Commission’s five areas of interest. CMHA Ontario structured their submission to respond to many, but not all, of the Commission’s questions with regards to the options they proposed for possible reforms to the current social assistance system in Ontario.

March 8, 2012 Alcohol Policy Network transition to Public Health Ontario

On April 1, 2012 the Alcohol Policy Network (APN) will begin a transition to Public Health Ontario (PHO). The Alcohol Policy Network, a provincial network of over 600 individuals and organizations, is currently housed under the auspices of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). This transition is a result of OPHA’s efforts to refocus its operations in keeping with its mandate and strategic directions.

March 8, 2012 CMHA Ontario participates in Ontario Human Rights Review 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has made a written submission in response to the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012.

In August 2011, the Government of Ontario appointed Andrew Pinto to conduct a review of the new human rights system in Ontario. A website and a consultation paper were released that detailed the process of the review. Ontarians, especially individuals who have used the services of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Ontario Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre, were encouraged to participate in the review process through written submissions, and through oral remarks at public meetings and stakeholder meetings.

February 23, 2012 Provincial HSJCC releases new information guide

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) has developed a new Info Guide titled “Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario.”

February 23, 2012 Deadline for responding to the Ontario Human Rights Review

March 1 is the deadline for written submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Review. All Ontarians, especially individuals who have used the services of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC), are encouraged to participate in the review process.

February 23, 2012 Drummond Report recommends growth in mental health sector

The purpose of the “Drummond Report” (so-named after the TD economist who led the Commission), was to recommend public sector cuts that would provide greater service efficiencies while providing fiscal balance by 2017/2018 and eliminating the potential for greater fiscal deficits. In so doing, the Commission Report proposed over 300 recommendations for system-wide enhancements that would eliminate or redesign programs no longer serving their intended purpose; eliminate areas of overlap and duplication; and provide greater return on public investments in the public sector. The 20-chapter report claims that a small proportion of patients with complex needs account for a high proportion of overall health system costs and emphasizes that preventing ill health and controlling chronic diseases is crucial to moving forward.