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July 8, 2014 Legal Aid Ontario supports development of mental health disabilities and addictions intake tool

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is partnering with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (P-HSJCC) to create a standard set of intake questions to identify at-risk and high-needs clients and ensure they get the legal supports they need.

July 7, 2014 Mood Walks launches newsletter

Participants, partners and leaders in the Mood Walks educational walking program for older adults with mental health issues have a new resource to draw upon now that that the first edition of “The Mood Walker” has been published.

July 7, 2014 CMHA Ontario 2013/2014 Annual Report available now

CMHA Ontario has released its 2013/2014 Annual Report. The report highlights:

  • Achievements from some of CMHA’s 31 branches throughout the province
  • CMHA Ontario initiatives and collaborations with other organizations in the mental health and addictions sector and beyond
  • An overview of the organization’s policy and health systems work about issues such as mental health police records, police and emergency department use, concurrent disorders and accessibility.
July 2, 2014 Elections Ontario wants your input about voting and accessibility

Elections Ontario is seeking input from voters about how accessible its services were during the June 26, 2014 provincial election.

June 26, 2014 Using the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool in community mental health

Join the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and Health Nexus for a free training webinar on how to use the MOHLTC Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool in community mental health.

June 24, 2014 Pride, LGBT and mental health

Pride celebrations are underway around the world and communities everywhere are celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans (LGBT) individuals and their families.

June 20, 2014 Helping prevent youth suicide

The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health is looking for individuals to help community-based organizations to prevent youth suicide.

June 19, 2014 CMHA Ontario supports OHRC policy on mental health disabilities and addictions

On June 18, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched its policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. The policy reflects the OHRC’s interpretation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) with respect to mental health (MH) disabilities and addictions, and provides standards, guidelines and best practice examples.  The launch event featured OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall as well as speakers from the Dream Team, Empowerment Council and Ryerson University.

June 19, 2014 CMHA Ontario launches Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems Map

In June 2014, CMHA OntariAdult Criminal Justice Mapo released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect.  Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.

June 19, 2014 CMHA Ontario calls for strong, consistent legislation to protect people with mental health disabilities

In its final written submission to the Dean Mayo Moran independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), CMHA Ontario calls for strong and consistent protections for people with mental health disabilities in Ontario.