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March 24, 2011 Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health special issue on SEEI — discharge planning and crisis-case management studies

The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health has released a special supplement issue focused on the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI). SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) towards community mental health services in the province. Mental Health Notes continues to explore the articles from the special issue, today looking at studies involving community-based discharge planning in acute mental health care, and community-based integrated crisis-case management services.

March 10, 2011 MCYS seeking advice on Best Start Child and Family Centres

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is in the process of establishing Best Start Child and Family Centres in communities across Ontario to deliver more cost-effective and timely children’s services. Currently, MCYS is seeking input from parents and professionals to help learn more about how services can be delivered more effectively and in a more coordinated and timely way. Interested individuals can participate either online or through a printed form. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011. For more information on how to participate, visitwww.children.gov.on.ca.

March 10, 2011 Ontario psychotherapy college transitional council public consultations

The Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario will be holding public and stakeholder consultation meetings in four locations across Ontario starting March 25 to discuss their draft Registration and Professional Practice Regulations. The regulations are intended to meet the obligations of the College under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007, which has yet to be proclaimed in the legislature so that the College can begin designating members as “registered psychotherapists” and “registered mental health therapists.” For meeting dates and locations, visit www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca. For more information about the Transitional Council, visit www.collegeofpsychotherapists.on.ca.

March 10, 2011 Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health special issue on SEEI — ACT team fidelity and service access studies

The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health has released a special supplement issue focused on the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI). SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) towards community mental health services in the province. Mental Health Notes continues to explore the articles from the special issue, today looking at studies involving the fidelity of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in Ontario, and service access and match in southeastern Ontario. Both studies identified vocational services as an area requiring attention.

March 10, 2011 Latest POWER chapter focuses on women's reproductive and gynecological health

The latest chapter of the Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report Study (POWER Study) focuses on reproductive and gynecological health. The chapter looks at issues affecting women across the lifespan, with specific sections on prenatal care, childbirth, postnatal care, abortion, hysterectomy and sexually transmitted infections. POWER is supported by ECHO: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES). For more information and to access this and other chapters of the POWER Study, visit www.powerstudy.ca.

March 10, 2011 Women's health data directory user survey

The Source: Women’s Health Data Directory is a bilingual internet-based tool that connects researchers, decision-makers, planners and others to women’s health data sources. The project team is currently conducting a survey to better meet user needs. The Source is British Columbia-based, but provides access to data for other regions as well. The project’s purpose is to improve women’s health by enhancing access to the evidence base for women’s health. Survey participants can enter a draw to win $100. For more information about the survey, visit www.womenshealthdata.ca. To complete the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/WFSQXS8

February 24, 2011 Resource offers practical guide for lawyers serving people with disabilities

The ARCH Disability Law Centre has released a new resource to provide lawyers with both contextual information and practical suggestions on how to effectively accommodate and support clients with disabilities. The resource includes a section on mental health or psychiatric disabilities that offers an overview of these disabilities and practical suggestions for accommodating individual needs. The resource can be viewed on the ARCH Disability Law Centre website at www.archdisabilitylaw.ca.

February 24, 2011 Provincial elder law conference materials available on LCO website

The papers and presentations from the 2010 provincial conference on elder law are now available online. The conference was jointly organized by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO), the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law as part of the LCO’s larger project on the law and older adults. The available materials cover a broad range of topics, including building an anti-ageist approach to the law; seniors’ rights protection and retirement homes; first available bed policies; mediation, substitute decision-making and end of life planning; gender; technology; attendant care; and law reform. For more information and to view the materials, visit the Law Commission of Ontario website at www.lco-cdo.org.

February 24, 2011 Peer Worker Research Project looks at best fit for peer support (UK)

The National Institute of Health Research in England is funding a 21-month project to examine the best way to introduce peer workers in the Mental Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust. The project emerged from recommendations outlined in the new UK mental health strategy. The research will consist of twelve case studies throughout England, a review of existing literature on the subject, and interviews with relevant stakeholders. The data collected will be used to develop guidance on recruiting, training and supporting peer workers in the NHS Trusts. For more information about the project, visit www.nmhdu.org.uk. For more information about the new UK mental health strategy, see “UK Releases New Mental Health Strategy,” Mental Health Notes, February 10, 2011, available at www.ontario.cmha.ca/mhn.

February 24, 2011 Rural Housing Network of Ontario changes name

The Rural Housing Network of Ontario (RHINO) has changed its name to the Ontario Rural Housing Action Network (ORHAN). The Ontario Rural Housing Action Network is a virtual network of housing agencies and concerned citizens who advocate for availability of affordable, safe and secure rural housing in Ontario. In changing their name, ORHAN is renewing its commitment to fight for the unique needs of those requiring rural housing, and securing its place in Ontario’s affordable housing strategy. For more information, visit the ORHAN website at www.orhan.ca.