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November 21, 2013 Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

Building a Better  School Environment for  Youth with Mental Health  and Addiction IssuesA new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 makes key recommendations to improve how Ontario schools can support youth with mental health and addictions issues. Spearheaded by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues identified the need for:

  • Improved communication between students and educators
  • A greater level of mental health education
  • Increased resources to ensure more young people seek help, such as designated safe spaces.
November 21, 2013 Study: adults with developmental disabilities face more health problems but are less likely to get care

AtlasReportCoverNew information about how people with developmental disabilities in Ontario need and use health services is now available. A summary version of the Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario is now available from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.  While the full version of the resource will be available in December, the summary provides a wealth of information.

November 21, 2013 Health sector reps gather to talk Quality Improvement

Health Quality Transformation 2013Health Quality Ontario’s 2013 annual conference brought together people from all sectors of the health system to exchange ideas and work together toward the common goal of more integrated, high quality care for Ontarians. Titled Health Quality Transformation 2013, HQO’s second annual conference for health system providers, partners and leaders took place in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

November 21, 2013 University helps police with mental health training

header_UOITlogoThe University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario has unveiled new simulation videos to  help front-line police officers recognize possible indicators of mental illness.

November 21, 2013 Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event

heia_bannerConducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is not as hard as it seems; it is doable and beneficial.  To learn more, participate in the online livestream of the Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event on November 26.  This free event will feature a range of presenters and opportunities for discussion about how the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool can assist you and your organization to improve overall equity.

November 7, 2013 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police releases Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities

Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ CommunitiesThe Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

November 7, 2013 Former police chiefs appointed to aid Ombudsman’s de-escalation investigation

Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Tuesday, November 5, 2013 that he has appointed two prominent police chiefs as special advisors to his ongoing investigation on guidelines provided to police for de-escalating conflict situations, including those involving people with mental health issues.

November 7, 2013 Toronto police chief and police board's mental health sub-committee table reports on conducted energy weapons

There were two developments at a recent Toronto Police Services Board which CMHA Ontario was following closely.

November 7, 2013 We Ask Because We Care: Report on health equity data collection

weaskbecausewecare_reportcoverThis new report from a Toronto-based partnership explores the value, need, and logistics of collecting health equity-related data from patients seeking health services. Starting in 2010, three Toronto-based hospitals – Mount Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and St. Michael’s Hospital – identified the need for patient socio-demographic data to inform health service planning. Soon joined by Toronto Public Health, the partnership embarked on a project to develop a patient questionnaire and start collecting data.

November 7, 2013 RISE is rising in more Ontario communities

riselogoRise Asset Development has arisen in London, Ontario making it the third community in Ontario where the program is available.