Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues.
The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently introduced Bill 122 for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature. The Bill, entitled The Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, will, if passed, make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act to provide the Consent and Capacity Board with new powers regarding the criteria and length of time a patient can continue to be held as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric facility.
Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will guide a vision for arts and culture in Ontario in hopes of building healthier and prosperous communities. Culture in Ontario can include things like heritage, traditions, and identity, creative arts such music and film, and public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites.
A new report by the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities urges the Ontario government to eliminate policy barriers and allow more people with disabilities to permanently enter the workforce.
As many post-secondary youth embark on a new school year, Ontario has announced a number of new programs and improvements to help students with the costs of their education and career goals.
A new report by the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) calls for increased funding in provincial support systems to decrease the percentage of people with mental health issues in correctional facilities.
Ontario recently announced a new approach aimed to help people transition more smoothly out of hospital and into their homes. Six communities across the province will be part of a new bundled care approach to healthcare, which will provide a single payment to a team of health providers to cover care for people in hospital and at home.
The Ontario government recently announced $8.5 million over two and a half years to support refugees, increase the number of refugees coming to Ontario, and help settle and integrate them once they arrive.
The Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the development of community hubs. The report, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, is the first step towards bringing services together.
Ontario is investing more than $7 million in small hospitals, including many rural hospitals, to improve care for patients closer to home.