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July 5, 2016 Information for those receiving assistance in the event of a postal strike

mailIn case of a potential postal disruption at Canada Post, the Ministry of Community and Social Services has advised recipients of Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), that there are contingency plans in place to minimize any disruption in receiving payments and benefits by mail.

June 30, 2016 CMHA celebrates anniversary with new video

It’s been 64 years since the Ontario Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association received its provincial charter. Since then, CMHA Ontario has worked tirelessly to bring attention to community mental health concerns across the province.

June 30, 2016 CMHA approves of Ombudsman stance for more police de-escalation

CMHA Ontario is pleased with the 22 recommendations released by provincial Ombudsman about the importance of police using de-escalation techniques in conflict situations.

June 28, 2016 CMHA Elgin County fresh food initiative gets plenty of attention

Salt Creek Farm Market, the largest social enterprise of the CMHA Elgin County, has been in the news lately.

June 23, 2016 CMHA Elgin County, Salt Creek Farm Market Welcome Premier of Ontario

Premier Wynne at Salt CreekIt’s with great pleasure to host Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at the official grand opening of the Salt Creek Farm Market, the largest social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Elgin County Branch.

June 22, 2016 Social Infrastructure Spending Increases

onphaA June 21 decision by the provincial and federal governments to invest $640 million over the next two years in affordable housing could help address a major concern in Ontario.

June 17, 2016 Three new clinics for youth mental health open in Toronto

A new walk-in style service model has been launched to address gaps in youth mental health care.

June 16, 2016 Significant changes to AODA Customer Service Standard come into effect July 1

Last week, the Government of Ontario announced significant changes to the Customer Service Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  As of July 1, 2016, private sector and non-profit organizations with 20 to 49 employees will still be required to submit accessibility compliance reports but will no longer be required to develop a documented accessible customer service policy

June 8, 2016 First Nations Health and LGBTQ Issues Dominate Legislative Proceedings

MH at QP social imageThe mental health system continues to be severely underfunded in Attawapiskat in the wake of a suicide epidemic, a member recently said in the Ontario legislature.

June 2, 2016 Register now for provincial Crisis Worker conference

CWSO-Making-Change-Featured-ImageRegistration is open and spots are available for an upcoming conference that aims to support crisis workers and provide guidance to others willing to help.