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June 19, 2015 Do wait times affect care pathways for children’s mental health services?

In Ontario, children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are unable to keep up with the demand. The result is wait lists for these services. In an effort to get help, some families may contact more than one service provider. This can lead to lost time and emotional stress for families, and duplication of services and other inefficiencies for the CAMHS system.

June 19, 2015 Be Safe app goes provincial!

Learn how to use it with youth at a free training webinar

BeSafe-2014-03Be Safe has been expanded across the province. This free app was created in 2014 to help youth in London Middlesex to more effectively connect with local mental health and addiction resources.

June 19, 2015 MHCC releases recovery-oriented guidelines

MHCC Recovery GuidelinesThe Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. The first of their kind in Canada, the guidelines aim to provide comprehensive information on recovery and recovery principles for mental health professionals, policy and decision makers, all individuals accessing mental health services and their supporters. The release of the guidelines marks the third and final step of the MHCCs’ Recovery Initiative, which included the creation of The Recovery Declaration, a tool to facilitate dialogue, as well as an online inventory of recovery resources.

June 19, 2015 StatsCan releases report on police interactions with individuals with mental health and addictions issues

JuristatA recent article in the StatsCan periodical Juristat reveals new data on the frequency of contact that individuals with mental health and addictions issues have with police.

June 5, 2015 National bike ride to raise awareness about mental health

Ride Dont HideMany people ride their bike for the enjoyment, competition, and physical challenge, but on June 21, 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) invites Canadians across the country to ride their bike to raise awareness for mental health.

June 5, 2015 Upcoming webinar on recent integration initiatives

Registration is now open for a free webinar profiling recent integration initiatives in the community health sector in Ontario.

June 5, 2015 Reintegration Centre helps former inmates make a new start

The John Howard Society of Toronto presented their new Reintegration Centre recently with an Open House and barbeque event. Officially opened in November, the Centre aims to help individuals who are released from the new Toronto South Detention Centre, located across the street, to better reintegrate back into the community. Toronto South is a male correctional facility that can hold over 1,600 inmates and will release approximately 180 men each week once the facility is at capacity.

June 5, 2015 Toronto police looking for feedback on new body-worn camera project

Police are looking to collect community feedback on the new body-worn camera pilot project, which took to the streets this month. Over the next few weeks, 20,000 surveys will be delivered to randomly chosen homes and businesses, and an online surveyis available for members of the public to share their feedback as well. The survey includes questions about support for officers to wear a camera and in what situations the camera should be turned off. The pilot project will last one year, and will then be evaluated using the community’s comments.

June 5, 2015 New provincial suicide guidelines being developed

The Government of Ontario has asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to develop the new standards for suicide prevention in a hospital setting.  A new OHA task force, chaired by Dr. Ian Dawe, will focus on establishing safe medical practices for at-risk patients by looking at best practices and working with patients and those with lived-experience.

June 5, 2015 HQO releases report on antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes

Looking for Balance coverHealth Quality Ontario has launched a new report, titled Looking for Balance.  The report highlights that a major difference across Ontario’s long-term care homes is the percentage of residents who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications.