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Niagara agencies collaborating on mental health and addiction issues

A recently-formed team aimed at providing more support for people with mental health and addiction issues is serving as a “new entry point” for those waiting to access care.

Marcel Castonguay, executive director of Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara, located in Welland, is the head of one of five agencies that have allied to alleviaassist people suffering from mild to moderate mental health problems.

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Study: 1 in 5 Children Have Mental Health Problems 

Around one in five Ontario children have a mental health disorder — about the same percentage as in 1983 — but more people now see a need for professional help, according to a province-wide study out of McMaster University.

The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study, which surveyed 10,802 children aged four to 17, found 18 to 22 per cent of people met criteria for at least one mental disorder. 

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Bill74 Overview by Fasken LLP
Ontario Health Teams: Integrated Governance and Funding

In this bulletin, Fasken looks specifically at the governance models expected for Ontario Health Teams and at how Ontario Health Teams will be funded. 

They first describe what the model is expected to look like at maturity and then how governance and funding considerations form part of the application and implementation process. 

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Ontario Passes Legislation That Puts Patients at the Centre of an Integrated Health Care System

The People’s Health Care Act will help end hallway health care while building a modern, sustainable and integrated health care system. 

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The Ontario Minister of Health
Mental Health & Addictions Roundtable

OFCAN was pleased to participate and represent the voice of caregivers during the Mental Health and Addictions Roundtable hosted by Ontario’s Minister of Health Christine Elliott in Toronto on April 8, 2019.

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St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton assures public there are no disruption to psychiatric emergency services

The letter from St. Joe’s follows a Spectator story that revealed the psychiatrists resigned because they believe working conditions in the psychiatric emergency room at the site on Charlton Avenue East are unsafe and McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences pulled its psychiatric residents for the same reason.

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CMHA Mental Health Week

May 6th – 12th, 2019

During CMHA Mental Health Week, lets #GetLoud about what mental health really is.
For the 68th year, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons have rallied around CMHA Mental Health Week.

Click Here to #GetLoud and learn more. 

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Ontario’s Family Caregivers Require More Flexible Respite Services and Financial Supports

RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 2, 2019 /CNW/ – Many caregivers want to work and to be productive members of the economy but there are very practical limitations.  With 3 out of every 4 trying to balance caregiving responsibilities with paid employment; there is a need to fix the unfair economic burden placed on unpaid family caregivers who make up approximately 30 per cent of Ontario’s total population.

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Ontario Association of Social Workers Welcomes Government’s Focus on Improving Mental Health and Addiction Supports in 2019 Budget

TORONTO, April 12, 2019 /CNW/ – Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is pleased to see a continued commitment by the Government of Ontario to make significant investments in mental health and addictions services in yesterday’s budget.

OASW specifically welcomes an investment of $174 million this year and $3.8 billion in funding over the next 10 years to build a comprehensive mental health and addictions system.

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‘We’re waiting with bated breath’: Anxiety over mental health funding as provincial budget looms.

One in four Windsor parents take off from work to care for a child experiencing anxiety, according to CMHO. Children’s Mental Health Ontario cites that over one in four parents have missed work to care for a child in 2018.

Janet Orchard is the director of the acute psychiatric inpatient program at Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services. The Windsor facility treats children aged 13 to 18 with mental health issues. Orchard agrees families are hurting. 

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Ontario’s ongoing mental health crisis

The ongoing mental health crisis in the Niagara region can no longer be ignored. Beginning in the fall of 2018, a spike in suicides has occurred in the area, with several instances of multiple suicides in the same week.

When proposing ways to solve the ongoing mental health crisis in Niagara, the Region’s acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji stated that the region has typically averaged around 44.4 suicides per year and that the last couple of years have seen a sharp increase.

In recent months, these deaths have notably taken place at the Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines.

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We should care more about caregivers

Every day, about 28% of Canadians provide care for a family member, friend or neighbour, and nearly half will do so at some point. Although many Canadians with chronic conditions and disabilities need care, the most common needs requiring caregiver help are age related.1 With 93% of older Canadians living at home, unpaid or informal caregivers provide up to 75% of care services, which equates to about $24–$31 billion in unpaid work annually. We must and can to do more to acknowledge and support informal caregivers in bearing this burden.

Read the CMAJ Report here 

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More support needed for unpaid caregivers in Canada

If paid, caregiving provided by family members and friends would add up to more than $24 billion.

Statistics Canada says more than one in four Canadians puts in regular hours providing care for family members and friends with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

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Digital health technology can help integrate Ontario’s ‘disconnected system’

The Orion Health Chronic Care Index, a poll of 1,551 Canadians, found that health care delivery is fragmented into silos that do not communicate well together. People with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and mental illness/addiction are the biggest users of health care. Nearly one in five Ontarian’s with chronic conditions have experienced medication errors or duplications and more than one in 10 often undergo unnecessary repeat procedures. Additionally, nearly half of Ontarian’s living with chronic conditions describe repeatedly outlining the same information about their condition every time they visit a care provider.

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Ontario government to fund new, comprehensive mental health program for provincial police officers

At the OPP head office in Barrie, Ont., Friday morning, the province’s minister of community safety and correctional services, Sylvia Jones, announced the government has committed to fully funding a new program to be run by the Ontario Provincial Police Association.

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Province to stop funding Ottawa supervised injection site as overdose crisis worsens

After a deadly week in which five people died of overdoses in Ottawa and more than a dozen overdoses were reversed, the province announced Friday it would continue funding three supervised consumption sites in the city, but would no longer support a fourth.

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Ontario begins dismantling local health integration system

Ontario has started dismantling the LHIN (local health integration network) system, abruptly revoking appointments of board members and warning that executives are next.

The 14 LHIN boards of directors have been replaced by a 12-person Ontario Health Agency board that was appointed last week. Unlike LHIN boards, the new super agency board of directors is not required to meet in public. It held its inaugural meeting earlier this week behind closed doors, raising concerns about transparency at a time of seismic shifts in the way health care is delivered in the province.

The moves are part of a major health system shakeup announced by the province earlier this month.

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Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council Releases Declaration of Values

Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, who announced sweeping reform to Ontario’s Health System last week, was in Ottawa Friday to release a “patient declaration of values” for Ontario. That declaration, which calls for a greater role for patients and their families in care decisions, greater transparency and engagement, will help direct changes to the way health care is delivered across the province.

To read the Press Release click here

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Study Investigates Potential Brain-Based Biomarker for Schizophrenia

Dr. Clifford Cassidy, a scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, is part of a research team that has discovered a potentially ground-breaking new way to diagnose schizophrenia. Learn More

Click here to read the official press release from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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 Quality Standards for Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Health Quality Ontario has just posted draft quality standards for two mental illnesses that are chronically under diagnosed and under treated in Canada.

These quality standards outline what quality care looks like for people living with an anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is based on the best evidence, along with input from clinicians, patients and caregivers with lived experience.

Accompanying the standard is a patient guide to help people ask questions and have informed discussions with their health care providers.

Health Quality Ontario welcomes your feedback on both! Click on the links below to share your insight. Please share your feedback by March 18, 2019.

Anxiety Disorders    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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