In 2007, ARCH Disability Law Centre undertook a strategic planning exercise to assess progress in achieving its goals and priorities and to decide upon activities that would be most useful to the community. ARCH is now looking for input on a new strategic plan currently in development.
The Ontario Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions has released its final report, which includes 23 recommendations for action.
The Government of Ontario has responded to the Beer Review of theAccessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The response addresses the recommendations to harmonize accessibility standards, renew leadership, establish an Ontario Accessibility Standards Board and repeal the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), which preceded the AODA.
The Government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation are in process of consulting with the not-for-profit sector as part of the province’s Open Ontario plan.
The Government of Canada has announced that two questions related to language will be added to the mandatory short-form questionnaire for the 2011 Census. This move will enable government to fulfil legal obligations under the Official Languages Act.
Ontario’s Ombudsman has released “The LHIN Spin,” a report on his investigation into the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network’s use of community engagement in its decision-making process. In the report, Ombudsman André Marin calls on the province to improve the accountability and transparency of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) across the province.
The Pay for Results program in Ontario is expanding in order to reduce emergency room wait times. Since 2008, the program has helped hospitals lower overall wait times by 4.7 hours (28 percent) for patients who require complex medical care or admission to the hospital and by 1.4 hours (22 percent) for patients with minor conditions.
The South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN) has announced a new initiative that will improve access to high-quality health care, including mental health services, for residents of southeastern Ontario. The initiative, known as the Regional Clinical Services Roadmap, will examine services that are currently available from the SE LHIN’s seven hospitals and the South East Community Care Access Centre.
Ontario’s new Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) came into effect on July 1, 2010. The act states that “a long-term care home is primarily the home of its residents and is to be operated so that it is a place where they may live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort and have their physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs adequately met.”
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has developed a new Internet resource on human rights and mental health. The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal rights and opportunities, and freedom from discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, goods, facilities and services, contracts, and membership in unions, trade or professional associations. The code protects individuals from discrimination and harassment in these areas due to mental health disabilities and addictions, including past, present and perceived conditions. The new web page outlines individuals’ rights and responsibilities under the code in relation to mental health disabilities.