The provincial government is taking action to ensure Ontarians are not being charged extra fees to access health care services that are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). There is a new 1-800 number and email address that is available to any Ontarian who believes he or she has been “extra-billed” for an insured health service. Anyone in Ontario can make a complaint or ask questions by calling toll-free at 1-888-662-6613 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening Minds is an anti-stigma initiative launched in 2009 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). At that time, organizations across the country were invited to express interest in becoming a test site where a program would run and be evaluated. More than 50 programs were identified and selected. An overview of the Opening Minds programs by province is now available on the MHCC website atwww.mentalhealthcommission.ca.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is delighted to announce that it is part of the celebration on Opening Night of the hit Broadway show “Next to Normal.” The Tony and Pulitzer Award winning show is coming to the Four Seasons Centre Toronto, beginning July 19, 2011 and a portion of ticket sales for the big night will be donated to the MDAO for their peer support and recovery programmes for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
ConnexOntario, an organization funded by the Government of Ontario, maintains a comprehensive database of drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health services information. Service providers and other professionals link daily with ConnexOntario to provide current and accurate data about treatment beds, support groups, crisis lines and other health services. Program information is reconciled with the data collected through the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System.
A recent Statistics Canada report reveals that nearly 13 per cent of Aboriginal women over age 15 reported that they had experienced a physical or sexual assault or robbery in the previous 12 months, a rate almost three times higher than that reported by non-Aboriginal women. The majority of incidents were committed by men who were acting alone. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of the incidents not involving a spouse or common-law partner were reported to police, compared with 70 percent of incidents involving non-Aboriginal women.
The Recovering Our Stories Collective is hosting a free afternoon session, “In Whose Interest? How Psychiatric Survivors Can Use Our Stories to Change the World.” Well-known poet and storyteller Eli Clare is featured as the guest speaker, followed by a panel of speakers who address the political, cultural, social and scholarly relevance of storytelling and its designated champions
A five-minute YouTube video on the importance of community and the social determinants of health has been produced by the Sudbury and District Health Unit. The video titled, “Let’s Start a Conversation About Health…and Not Talk About Health Care At All” addresses the significance of income and the importance of education, employment, housing and social supports to the health of individuals.
Ontario is introducing government-issued photo ID for the 1.5 million residents who do not drive. This initiative will make it easier for those who do not have a license and require proof of identity for purposes such as cashing cheques or accessing government services.
The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) has announced a call for abstracts for the fourth CDPAC pan-Canadian Conference titled, “Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: It Works!” The conference will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre, February 8-10, 2012.
July 14, 2011 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award. Hosted by the Restorative Justice Division of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), it is open to both individuals and groups.