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February 29, 2016 Federal government to restore refugee health care benefits

As of April 1, the federal government will be restoring refugee health care to its pre-2012 status via the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

February 26, 2016 Provincial budget doesn’t address mental health and addictions needs for Ontarians

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division is disappointed with the lack of new investment in mental health and addictions. Thousands of Ontarians are forced to continue waiting for vital supportive housing and mental health and addictions services.

February 25, 2016 Lack of budget funding for mental health a concern: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

The following is a statement from Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario in reaction to today’s provincial budget.

February 25, 2016 Racial profiling definition could be changed

Ontario Human Rights Commission LogoThe Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is exploring whether the definition of racial profiling should be broadened or altered.

February 23, 2016 Possible faster access to PTSD treatment coming for first responders

New proposed legislation will result in faster access to treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders in Ontario.

February 22, 2016 New report calls for an end to child and family homelessness in Canada

CF-Report-CoverA new report notes that child homelessness must not be seen in isolation of family homelessness, as homeless children are often connected with a parent or other caregiver. It is important to understand the experiences of the adult caregivers in these children’s lives, as addictions, mental and physical health issues, poverty, intimate partner violence and other challenges play a significant role for many of the families experiencing homelessness.

February 19, 2016 Alcohol use on the rise in legal profession

A comprehensive study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine presents the prevalence of problematic alcohol use and mental health issues in the legal profession.

February 18, 2016 Crisis support team expands to Caledon

24.7 crisis support

CMHA Peel and the Caledon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced the expansion of the 24.7 Crisis Support Peel Team into Caledon, Ont., on Feb. 17.


February 18, 2016 Officers use social media to vent about mental health resources

A recent story out of London, England reported police officers’ frustration in finding an appropriate and secure mental health facility for a man in the midst of a mental health crisis.

February 17, 2016 CMHA meets with Federal Health Minister

Dr. Jane Philpott (Minister of Health), CMHA Toronto ED Steve Lurie, and CMHA National Acting CEO Andrew Jones.Last week, CMHA’s acting national CEO, Andrew Jones, and CMHA Toronto’s Executive Director, Steve Lurie, met with the federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott.