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April 7, 2011 Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable

During Mental Heath Week (May 1-7, 2011), Minding Our Bodies will be holding a one-day Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable. It will take place on May 5 at the Metro Central YMCA in Toronto.

April 7, 2011 Deadline extended for making submissions to OHRC

April 30, 2011 is the extended deadline for making submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) with respect to their human rights and mental health consultation paper. The OHRC is inviting submissions from individuals and organizations, focusing on four key areas: 1) The types of discrimination that happen based on mental health disabilities and/or addictions in the areas of housing, services and employment; 2) If there are laws, policies, procedures or systemic practices related to housing, employment or services that disproportionately disadvantage people with mental health issues and/or addictions; 3) The information that housing, service providers and employers need to help protect the rights of people with mental health disabilities and/or addictions; and 4) What the OHRC and other bodies can do to raise public awareness, prevent and address these human rights issues.

April 7, 2011 Implementation and outcomes of a Court Outreach Program

The final two articles in the Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI) special issue look at the implementation and outcomes of a Court Outreach Program (COP) for people who are legally involved, and have severe and persistent mental illness.

March 24, 2011 ICES releases presentations from health care symposium

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has posted slide and video presentations on its website from the 12th annual symposium, Health Care 2011: Information and Knowledge Leading to Change, which took place in Toronto on February 7. Presentation topics include the sustainability of public health care in Canada, evaluating health services for people with chronic conditions, data collection, and improving primary health care. For more information, and to view the presentations, visitwww.ices.on.ca.

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