The Police Record Check Coalition (PRCC) achieved success in 2011 by working with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) to develop and implement their Police Record Check Guideline. When individuals have non-criminal contact with the police, information about the contact is included in their police file. If individuals then request a police records check for the purpose of working or volunteering with a vulnerable population, the non-criminal information is disclosed, which may impact negatively when applying for a position, gaining access to housing, and even when crossing the border. The OACP Guideline is Ontario’s first province-wide standard for protecting the privacy of non-criminal mental health information at all levels of police record checks.
In a historic decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) has ruled that surgical requirements for changing the documented sex on an individual’s birth record are discriminatory towards trans people. Currently, proof of sex reassignment surgery is required to have one’s documented sex changed on birth records under the provincial Vital Statistics Act.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”