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January 14, 2016 CMHA Ontario asks Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities

In December, CMHA Ontario called on the Government of Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities as it makes changes to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  Specifically, CMHA Ontario calls for these enhancements to provisions related to service animals, support persons and training:

  • Add social workers to the list of regulated professionals that can provide service animal documentation to people with disabilities
  • Remove the Customer Service Standard provisions which enable organizations to require people with disabilities to be accompanied with support persons for health and safety reasons
  • Require organizations to provide training on the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the AODA.
January 14, 2016 London mental health centre making a difference

It didn’t take long for the new Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre to make its presence felt in London.

January 14, 2016 Training sessions: Data quality culture in community agencies

Participate in a training session to learn about the quality of the data your agency is gathering. These two-hour sessions will be taking place across the province.

January 14, 2016 Learn about the Ontario Perception of Care Tool for Mental Health and Addictions

Join the second webinar in the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) series and learn about how the Ontario Perception of Care Tool for Mental Health and Addictions (OPOC-MHA) will impact your programs and clients.

January 5, 2016 New campaign invites you to share your experience of #ABetterServe

Tweet positive examples of #abetterserveTo celebrate the launch of our free Enabling Minds resource, CMHA Ontario invites you to share your accessibility story with us on Twitter.

January 5, 2016 Mental Health for All Conference: Call for Abstracts

The Mental Health for All Conference 2016 invites you to submit an abstract to present and share your knowledge and experiences with at the Mental Health for All Conference in Toronto from September 28 – 30, 2016.

December 18, 2015 Ministry of Health proposes changes to current healthcare structure

patients firstOn December 17, 2015, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released a discussion paper which outlines the Ministry’s proposals to integrate the health care system. Entitled Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, the paper aims to improve access to primary care, standardize and strengthen home and community care that will include the dissolution of the current Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) Boards with the LHINs assuming all their functions.

December 16, 2015 Government announces three mental health and addictions initiatives

The Ontario government announced three proposals on Dec. 16, 2015 which aim to improve supports for individuals with mental health and addictions challenges.

December 16, 2015 Province investing in housing with supports for individuals with mental health and addictions challenges

Ontario announced new investments in housing today, promising $16.2 million for 1,000 supporting housing units across the province, including $4 million for 248 supportive housing units in 2016-17.

December 16, 2015 Advisory Council identifies areas to improve Ontario mental health and addictions network

MHA Annual Report 2015 coverThe Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council has outlined five priority areas in an attempt to begin overhauling the system-level transformation of mental health and addictions in Ontario.