CMHA Ontario employment forum identifies opportunities for action
In the spring of 2010, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario hosted an employment forum to bring together employment supports providers in Ontario and the government ministries that fund them.
The forum resulted in the creation of four graphics showing the pathways to employment for people with mental health disabilities. Attendees also engaged in a dialogue about system gaps that were identified through the mapping exercise, and outlined three main areas of action: the creation of a policy framework, which would see extra time spent in pre-employment, job development and job retention activities; the need for resources to implement the directions identified in the policy framework; and the establishment of a system navigator to ensure more direct access to the appropriate services.
See “Improving Employment for People with Mental Illness: A Report from the May 31 and June 1, 2010 Employment Supports Forum,” September 15, 2010, available at www.ontario.cmha.ca/backgrounders.