Minding Our Bodies will be hosting a one-day knowledge exchange and networking forum, Pooling Ideas, in Toronto on March 15, 2013. Pooling Ideas will showcase the most promising practices based on the 2012/2013 Minding Our Bodies-funded programs. Program coordinators/ managers and allied partners will share what works in physical activity and healthy eating programming to support people at risk of, or living with, mental health and addiction issues.
Following an extensive accreditation process in the fall of 2012, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch (CMHA Durham) was delighted to receive a three-year Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada.
On January 22, 2013 the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) hosted a webinar on communicating with correctional facilities. This webinar is now available for viewing online on the HSJCC Community of Interest Web Portal.
A study recently selected for the American Psychological Association online journal, APA PsycNET, and published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, finds that the rapid job placement strategy utilized in the Ontario Disability Support Program’s (ODSP) employment supports services has resulted in low quality, low-paying jobs which are limited in opportunities for career development for people living with mental illness.
As part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and its goal of having the lowest smoking rate in Canada, the provincial government is increasing access to smoking cessation aids to help smokers quit the habit. Forty-one community health centres across Ontario are now able to provide over-the-counter nicotine cessation aids and counseling, at no cost.
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.