The week of January 26, 2014 included two separate announcements from Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.
Housing support in any form is an effective intervention for people with severe addiction or mental health issues in the province, according to a review by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO).
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: The deadline has been extended to participate in a short survey for the Mental Health Accessibility Project, an initiative that aims to promote innovation in mental health accessibility and disability accommodation in Ontario.
The Ontario government has announced that it is taking steps to address gaps in health coverage for refugee claimants by introducing the new Ontario Temporary Health Program. Effective Jan 1, 2014, the temporary provincial program will allow refugee claimants to access most primary care and urgent hospital services, as well as medication coverage, regardless of immigration status or country of origin.
Earlier this year, we reported on the release of a report about the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program’s upcoming atlas. The full atlas has now been published in collaboration between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched their mental health strategy consultation with a recent event at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) in Toronto.
The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) Schizophrenia Division is looking for families to participate in a survey that tests the usefulness of a family-centred approach when dealing with the cognitive impacts of schizophrenia.
Last week at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Ellen Richardson was told that she couldn’t enter the United States because she was hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012 and would require a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation would need to be done by 1 of 3 physicians approved by U.S. officials and not Ellen’s regular psychiatrist.
Arch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond. The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French. Articles address a range of issues including:
- Understanding disability
- Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
- Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
- Human rights and disability
- Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender. This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.