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May 2, 2013 CIHR planning grant awarded for “Dietitians and Community Mental Health: Setting the Research Agenda”

Dietitians of Canada (DC), in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario), and the University of British Columbia (UBC), is pleased to announce receipt of a one-year planning grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, effective March 1, 2013.

May 2, 2013 Conservation Ontario launches Healthy Hikes Challenge

On May 1, 2013, Conservation Ontario launched the Healthy Hikes Challenge in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, David Suzuki Foundation, the Ontario Trails Council and others. The challenge invites Ontarians to spend time hiking in the province’s over 270 Conservation Areas and track their progress online for a chance to win great prizes.

May 2, 2013 New community-based physiotherapy for seniors

Community settings will be the new venue for a suite of physical therapies for seniors and eligible patients with funding from the Government of Ontario. Physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes will be available in long-term care homes and in communities across Ontario.

May 2, 2013 Government invests additional $260 million in home and community care

The Ontario government has made an additional investment in the community care sector of $260 million in 2013/2014 to reduce wait times for patients needing home care services. This funding will also assist in reaching a target for patients who require nursing services and those with complex needs to receive home care within five days of their Community Care Access Centre assessment.

May 2, 2013 Expanding the role of nurses

As part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, the Ontario government is expanding the nursing scope of practice. This will help to provide patients with access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

May 2, 2013 Speak Up - take the Enabling Minds survey!

Are you an individual with lived experience of mental illness? A caregiver, friend or family member of someone experiencing mental illness? The Enabling Minds project is working towards reducing barriers for people with mental health-related disabilities, so they can participate in physical activity programs offered by recreation and fitness organizations.

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.”