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February 21, 2013 Government continues funding for At-Home/Chez Soi

The Government of Ontario recently announced that they will continue housing and supports for 216 units serving 240 former homeless adults with mental health conditions living in Toronto. At Home/Chez Soi is a demonstration research initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that was launched in 2008.

February 21, 2013 HSJCC conference call for proposals now open

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee’s (HSJCC) 2013 Educational and Training Provincial Conference call for abstracts is now open. The conference, titled “New Realities: The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice” will be held from November 25-27, 2013 in Toronto.

February 21, 2013 Research Snapshot: How does perceived support in school relate to teens' mental health?

Studies show that self-esteem goes down and symptoms of depression and mental disorders rise as adolescents move from grade to grade at school. However, strong emotional support from their classmates and teachers helps ward off mental health problems in youth.

February 21, 2013 Research Report Roundups: Meeting the needs of youth with substance abuse problems

Given that youth are at a different developmental stage than adults, organizations serving youth with substance use problems have a challenge: How to provide the best possible programs and services and meet the unique needs of their clients? The Ontario Youth Strategy Project, a working committee of Addictions Ontario, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, developed a set of guidelines for assessing their policies, procedures, programs, services, and training, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.

February 21, 2013 Promising Practice: Readiness scale ready for prime time?

A team at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is evaluating a new tool designed to help social workers and their clients decide if a person is ready to move from intensive community mental health services to less intensive services. The tool is called the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Transition Readiness Scale.

February 21, 2013 Youth mentoring yields positive mental health

The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Mentoring Study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) affirms the positive impact of mentoring on young lives.

February 21, 2013 Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

On February 8, 2013, the Federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson tabled a new bill, Bill C-54: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder); the short-title of the bill is the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.

February 21, 2013 National Network for Mental Health moving on strategic plan

The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) is a national consumer-driven organization that promotes social justice and human rights through projected-based initiatives, such as the employment initiative BIULT Network. One hundred per cent of all of the board members, staff and individual voting members are mental health consumers and/or survivors.

February 21, 2013 SPARK research to practice in 2013

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is now accepting applications for its second SPARK Training Institute workshop, to be held July 10 to 11, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia. Applications are welcome from Canadians working or volunteering in communities, health facilities, mental health, substance use or addictions programmes, Aboriginal organizations, academia, non-profit or policy makers.

February 21, 2013 Rainbow Health Ontario looking for 2014 conference abstracts

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) invites interested individuals to submit proposals for the 2014 RHO conference, “Creating Change Together.” The conference will take place in Toronto from February 5 to 7, 2014.

The conference will address the following key issues: