The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is supporting the communities of Temiskaming and Timmins in developing Health Links; an important part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. Health Links provide more rapid, integrated access to family health care and that is particularly important for patients with complex conditions such as seniors, those with multiple chronic diseases, and those with mental illness and addictions. These segments of the population require more than regular care, from a variety of professionals. By helping health service providers stay connected every time a patient accesses care, Health Links will improve the coordination and delivery of care.
For many youth, their family doctor is the main source of mental health help information; however some patients will need more specialized services. To make sure that these youth receive the treatment they need, doctors must be able to easily refer them to the appropriate services. Centralized intake (CI) for mental health referrals is a single-entry gateway for patients to access specialized mental health services.
In July 2012, Ontario set up a working group to build a plan for fundamental change to the child welfare system. EENet’s new Research Report Round-up presents a summary of “Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System – Final Report of the Youth Leaving Care Working Group,” the working group’s recommendations and advice on the relative priority of these changes.
The prevalence of trauma among substance]involved women is high. The Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) Trauma and Substance Use project team is developing guidelines to support organizations that offer substance use treatment services for women. These guidelines will help service providers understand the connections between trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance involved women.
A federal framework for suicide prevention will be overseen by the Government of Canada as a result of a private member’s bill that became law in December 2012. The Government of Canada is responsible for establishing a framework that recognizes suicide as an issue of mental health and public health and therefore, a health and safety priority.
Contrary to the belief that causing someone to feel ashamed about themselves will act as a deterrent to their relapse into an undesirable behaviour, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found that the opposite may actually be true.
The BC Centre for Employment Excellence is a division of the Social Research Demonstration Corporation and is located in Vancouver. Funded by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the BC government under the Canada-BC Labour Market Agreement, it was created to provide research and knowledge for the needs of the employment services sector as well as employers in the province of British Columbia.
Statistics Canada (Stats Can) is building on its growing social media presence by entering the blogosphere. According to Chief Statistician, Wayne Smith, the blog is intended to “demystify some of the agency’s decisions, priorities and methodologies” and offers stakeholders a venue for feedback on official directions. The agency also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
On February 26 and 27, 2013, Social Planning Toronto, in partnership with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres and the City-Wide Agency Network, and supported by United Way Toronto, is holding its 2013 Symposium at the Metro Central YMCA.
Last week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released a new report Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada. This report is intended to fill a gap in pan–Canadian information about the number of people living with mental health conditions and illnesses, and associated costs both current and projected.