As part of broader consultations on human rights and mental health, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is hosting a series of roundtable discussions across the province. The discussion topics will focus on questions about the rights of people with mental health disabilities and addictions to be free from discrimination in employment, housing and services.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has released the Rural and Northern Health Care Framework/Plan: Stage 1 Final Report. The report is the work of a panel created in 2009 to define a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions and guidelines for a framework/plan that the MOHLTC and the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) can use to address access to care in rural, remote and northern communities.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has launched an anonymous survey on mental health discrimination. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about individuals with mental health and addiction disabilities, and the human rights issues and barriers they face. The survey is part of the OHRC’s broader consultation process on human rights and mental health-related issues.
The Minister’s Advisory Group on the 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (Minister’s Advisory Group) has released its final report and recommendations to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the result of 20 months of work, including provincial consultations. This is a step in the development of a provincial mental health and addictions strategy.
Trans people with diverse backgrounds can apply to become members of a provincial trans health project advisory committee.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) have submitted a joint response to the Ministry of Community and Social Services on the proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR), which harmonizes the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards for information and communications, employment and transportation into a single regulation. Accessibility standards are the rules that businesses and organizations in Ontario have to follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility.
The process details of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) translation are now available on the Community Care Information Management (CCIM) website. OCAN is a standardized, consumer-led, decision-making tool that assists with mental health recovery.
The Ontario government has announced the expansion of the Aging at Home strategy. Programs under this strategy provide health care services to seniors at home so that they can remain living in their own home. The strategy is also meant to avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, which can ultimately reduce emergency room wait times.
The Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) is collaborating with three other provincial healthy community networks on a national project called “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on the Determinants of Health in Canada.” The goal of the project is to demonstrate that using a Healthy Community approach is an effective way to address chronic disease prevention in Canada.
The Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) has released the fourth and final assessment of Correctional Services of Canada’s (CSC) response to preventable deaths in federal custody, including recommending improved monitoring of inmates with mental health issues in Canada’s prison system.