Six Nations Health Services Release from Custody program has recently been added to the Mental Health Service Information Ontario database. The program, focused on First Nations communities and located in Ohsweken, Ontario, provides short-term intensive case management to individuals with mental illness who are being released from correctional custody. The goals of the program are to help individuals reintegrate into their community and reduce recidivism by ensuring that adequate community supports and treatment options are made available to those in need. Supports include linking clients to longer-term case management services, rehabilitative programs and medical treatment, safe beds, court support services, appropriate housing and financial assistance, and providing support and information to family members and/or significant others.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is now accepting submissions for the 2010 Touched by Fire art show and sale. The submission deadline is September 17, 2010.
A newly released special report by the Matryoshka Project provides an in-depth look at seven court support programs and how they relate to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Program Framework for Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Services. The framework, issued in February 2006, provides direction and guidelines for the implementation of mental health diversion and court support services that receive MOHLTC funding.
CMHA Ontario is seeking expressions of interest from organizations willing to carry out one of six pilot programs for Eating Well for Mental Health, phase two of the Minding Our Bodies project. The pilot programs will run in Ontario between August and December 2010. If your organization wishes to participate, please complete the “Expression of Interest” form, which is due by 4:00 pm on Friday, July 9, 2010. For more information and to download the form, visit the Minding Our Bodies website atwww.mindingourbodies.ca.
A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives explores the role of race and gender in Ontario’s growing income gap. The study includes an analysis of 2006 census data related to the labour market experiences of visible minority or racialized persons in Ontario. The study reveals that racialized Ontarians are far more likely to live in poverty, face unemployment and receive less pay for work than non-racialized Ontarians. Racialized women experience the greatest disparities. See “Ontario’s Growing Gap: The Role of Race and Gender,” June 2010, atwww.policyalternatives.ca.
The 2009/2010 Annual Report for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is now available on the CMHA Ontario website. In addition to the association’s audited financial statements, the report highlights key accomplishments in public policy and knowledge transfer, and describes CMHA Ontario’s strategic directions for 2010-2013. To access the complete report, visit www.ontario.cmha.ca.
The final report on SEEI’s Impact Study, now available, presents several key findings on the use of hospital emergency departments (EDs) by people experiencing a mental health crisis; crisis programs and their connection to supporting services; and contacts between police and people experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) Training Program is now accepting applications for fellowships beginning in September 2010. SAMI is based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto, but includes international partners from across the globe.
The May 2010 issue of Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association, highlights research on justice and mental health issues. Five articles focus on people with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system, including information about who they are, how to provide appropriate treatment, and the programs that are available that meet their unique needs. To access these free articles, visit ps.psychiatryonline.org.