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May 2, 2013 Research Snapshot: Are the needs of people with co-occurring disorders being met?

A co-occurring disorder (CD) is diagnosed when someone has both substance use and mental health problems. A person with CD often faces more complex challenges in getting access to mental health services. Ontario researchers examined people with and without CD to find out if there are differences between these groups, and the type and amount of services they need.

May 2, 2013 Research Report Round-up: How do family health teams provide mental health services in northern communities?

This report addresses the findings of the Family Health Team (FHT) Survey conducted by the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University. This survey was part of a research project intended to better understand how mental health services are being integrated within FHTs in smaller communities in Northern Ontario. It focused entirely on FHTs in small rural communities scattered across the regions of the North East and North West Local Health Integration Networks.

May 2, 2013 Evidence in Action: Research helps prevent homelessness

When a person with “no fixed address” is being released from hospital, unit staff typically do their best to find that person a place to go. But it can take weeks to locate housing and receive rent money from social assistance programmes, and many of these individuals end up having to go to a shelter when they leave the hospital.

May 2, 2013 CPA speaks out on "Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act"

On April 18, 2013 the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), in consultation with members of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, issued an Information Release on the “Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.” In their release, the CPA takes the position that the, “…not criminally responsible (NCR) provisions of the criminal code are functioning well and do not need major reform.”

May 2, 2013 VIA Rail revising policy on Support Persons for Travelers with Disabilities

Via Rail has a policy on travelling with a support person, and not having to buy a ticket for the support person, which they call their “Escort Policy”. The current policy requires passengers who travel and request to have a support person travel with them free of the extra charge demonstrate that they need assistance in at least one of three core areas: eating, personal hygiene and taking medication.

May 2, 2013 Health Council of Canada to close

In its most recent budget, the Federal government announced that it will wind down funding for the Health Council of Canada. The Health Council’s role is to monitor and report on the progress of commitments made in the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council will continue to operate for the rest of this fiscal year and will conclude its operations early in 2014/15.

May 2, 2013 Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion (United Kingdom)

In a recent report titled, “Working with Schizophrenia: Pathways to Employment, Recovery and Inclusion”, The Work Foundation (UK) identified barriers (individual, attitudinal and structural) and interventions that could increase the number of workers with schizophrenia working in the UK labour market.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario announces project director for Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health

In the last issue of Mental Health Notes, we shared exciting news about the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and our lead role in running the Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health, in partnership with Collleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

The project will be housed at CMHA Ontario and will run for two years with funds provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

April 18, 2013 CMHA Ontario launches redesigned website

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario unveiled its new website today. The new site has a more modern look, allowing visitors to find information on mental health issues easily, learn about CMHA Ontario’s policy work and special projects, and discover ways to get involved with CMHA Ontario. Built-in interactive capabilities allow visitors to share pages and posts easily through social media channels.

April 18, 2013 Trauma Guidelines for women's substance use services

In our last issue of Mental Health Notes, we noted that the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (ODTF) would soon be posting guidelines to support organizations providing substance use treatment services for women. “Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women’s Substance Use Services” will help you understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma.