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December 11, 2015 Talk Today begins in Kenora high school

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Talk Today pilot provides mental health, suicide prevention training for student athletes at Kenora Catholic District School Board

Kenora Talk TodayThe Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch and Kenora Catholic District School Board (KCDSB) have joined forces on a pilot project to provide 75 high school student athletes with suicide prevention and mental health awareness training. The first initiative of its kind in Ontario, the project aims to create an open and non-judgmental environment where student athletes who may be struggling with mental health issues feel comfortable and confident seeking help.

December 11, 2015 Personal information to be limited as police checks act passed

In an effort to “protect public safety and strengthen individual civil liberties,” the Ontario government, with unanimous support from all parties, passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act on Dec. 1.

December 11, 2015 CMHA Ontario speaks out about discrimination

CMHA Ontario emphasized its stance on mental health accommodation and accessibility during an interview for a CBC story, which aired Dec. 7.

December 11, 2015 Advocates and athletes celebrate the launch of Enabling Minds

BetterServe_002In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on Dec. 3 community speakers with lived experience and mental health accessibility advocates gathered to celebrate the launch of CMHA Ontario’s mental health accessibility website.

December 11, 2015 Give the gift of mental health this holiday season

Looking for a unique, meaningful gift this holiday season? CMHA Ontario is pleased to provide you with a special, stress-free way to acknowledge your loved ones during this festive season. Send a holiday tribute gift to CMHA Ontario and help provide hope to individuals with mental health issues and their families.

December 11, 2015 Changes to AODA Customer Service Standard and new Accessibility Certificate Program announced

gapThe Government of Ontario has announced two developments related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The first is the release of the final proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA. The changes are based on recommendations made by the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee in 2013 and 2014.  Comments from the public will be received until Dec. 31. For more information and details of the changes, visit the Service Ontario website.

December 11, 2015 Provincial HSJCC hosts a webinar on an innovative court discharge program

Eighty participants tuned in to a webinar on Dec. 7 to learn about a successful court discharge protocol implemented at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and co-developed by CMHA Champlain East.

December 11, 2015 Coming Together on Supported Housing for Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario

Wellesley ReportThe Wellesley Institute prepared a report to guide policy and programs for supported housing for people with mental health issues or addictions in Ontario and the Greater Toronto area.

December 11, 2015 New staged screening and assessment process for addictions

Watch the first webinar in the Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Ontario webinar series. This webinar provides:

  • An overview of the evidence-based staged screening and assessment process and the new tools;
  • A look at the reports that will be generated by the electronic administration of the assessment tool;
  • An update on the implementation status and plans (including training and certification); and
  • Information about impacts to the system, agencies, and clients.
December 11, 2015 Empowering youth transitions: TIP in Hamilton

TIP infographicHamilton is addressing the needs of local youth with mental health and/or addiction issues as they move from youth to adult services. To do this, community members participating in Ontario’s System Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative selected the Transition to Independence (TIP) intervention. The SISC initiative is supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Provincial System Support Program.