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December 18, 2014 Ontario’s only psychiatric emergency department doubles its capacity

Visits to CAMH ED 2003-2014The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has upgraded and renamed its psychiatric emergency department. The Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department (ED) represents the first phase of a project to expand emergency services at the hospital.

December 4, 2014 CMHA Ontario applauds province’s decision to table legislation on police checks

The Government of Ontario has promised to pursue legislative change to ensure that non-conviction information is not disclosed on police record checks. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario applauds this decision and looks forward to legislative developments in the New Year.

December 4, 2014 Is Ontario’s Health System Measuring Up? Health Quality Ontario takes stock

Measuring Up_ImageHealth Quality Ontario’s (HQO) new report, Measuring Up, suggests    Ontarians are living longer and feeling better than ever about their health but, that many have unhealthy lifestyles. For example, 45 percent of Ontarians are inactive and almost 18 percent are considered obese.

December 4, 2014 Links between FASD and justice system explored in provincial HSJCC webinar
  • Youth with FASD are 19 times more likely than non-affected peers to be incarcerated
  • Adults with FASD are 28 times more likely to be incarcerated

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more likely than their non-affected peers to come into contact with the justice system. Sheila Burns and Cheryl Neave from the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) explained why in a recent webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), with the support of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).

December 4, 2014 Improved community transportation could improve the mental health of older adults

happy seniorsTransportation barriers prevent many people from accessing essential goods, services and supports in their community. This is especially true for individuals with low-income, living in rural and remote areas, and lacking access to a vehicle. Populations that experience greater transportation challenges include youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. In an effort to address this issue, the Ontario government has announced a grant-based Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. The government states its aim is to improve transportation services for those who need it, providing funds for partnerships between municipalities and community organizations,

December 4, 2014 Primary care reform and service use by people with serious mental illness

Image of Healthcare Policy CoverHealthcare Policy has published a new study that looks at service-use by adults with serious mental illness who have been rostered in three primary care models: enhanced fee-for-service; blended-“capitation;” and, team-based “capitation” with and without mental health workers in Ontario.

November 20, 2014 CCLA and JHSO release new resources on police record checks

On the Record - Screen ShotAfter a series of educational workshops on police record checks this fall, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) have released two accompanying information guides titled ‘On the Record.’

November 20, 2014 Transforming Health Care in Northeastern Ontario

Community HospitalsThe North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has released a new report, which looks at the evolving role of community hospitals in Northeastern Ontario.

November 20, 2014 New toolkit to help Canadian communities address homelessness

Housing First ToolkitThe Homeless Hub, together with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) introduced the Canadian ‘Housing First’ Toolkit at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Vancouver. The toolkit was developed to help communities and organizations plan, implement, evaluate and sustain a Housing First initiative or approach in their local community.

November 20, 2014 Mental health support needed for community safety and well-being

Community Safety and Wellbeing_CoverThe Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) have released phase 2 of the Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy as part of the development of the provincial approach to community safety and well-being.