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Revoking charter ‘beyond comprehension’: CMHA Nipissing

Margi Woods Clarke, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association Nipissing Regoinal Branch, issued this statement Tuesday, July 9:

The Canadian Mental Health Association Nipissing Regional Branch was notified by email on Friday, July 5 by the CMHA Ontario Division Board of Directors of their decision to revoke the Branch Charter. 

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Breaking Down Barriers To Health Care With Web-Based Tools


Champlain BASE is a secure, web-based tool that allows family doctors to quickly access specialist care for their patients, often without referring patients for a face-to-face visit. Through the eConsult service, a family doctor can submit a non-urgent patient-specific question to a specialist – who has seven days to respond.

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Resources for Caregivers is as easy as “Connecting the Dots”

Are you a caregiver looking for resources in Huron Perth?  A new website full of resources for caregivers and healthcare providers in Huron and Perth counties is now live.  The sitewww.caregivershuronperth.ca, makes it easier to find information on programs and support services.

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Supreme Court Of Canada Confirms That “Henson” Trusts Are A Valuable Tool
For Families With Dependent Disabled Children Or Relatives

This is the first time that the Supreme Court of Canada has considered Henson Trusts. The Court identified the following key attributes of a Henson Trust:

  1. The trustees of the trust have the ultimate discretion over any distributions that might be made of the trust income or capital;
  2. Although the trustees may have an obligation to consider whether to make distributions out of the trust for a beneficiary’s care and maintenance, they are not actually required to distribute any of the Trust’s assets;
  3. The trust cannot be unilaterally collapsed by the beneficiary.

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Writer Esmé Weijun Wang on life with the ‘collected schizophrenias’

Writer Esmé Weijun Wang spoke with The Sunday Edition’s guest host Peter Armstrong about her new essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias.

The award-winning author’s new essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias, is a rare and illuminating first-person portrait of life with schizoaffective disorder. 

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Snapshots from Addictions & Mental Health Ontario

Emergency Department Visits: Substance Use and Mental Health

Better Served in the Community – Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Designated People with Mental Health & Addictions Issues

Trans-Inclusion in Mental Health & Addictions Services

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Toronto hospital to use AI, data science to better understand mental health

Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics officially opened Thursday at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. One of the goals of the new research hub is to combine machine learning and data science, and apply it to neuroscience.

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Policy Options: Opioid addicts deserve more than a safe supply

Canada is reaching the limits of a drug policy centred on harm reduction — a philosophy that aims to limit the harms of substance use without insisting on abstinence. Despite the creation of over 40 supervised consumption sites, opioid overdose deaths have remained staggeringly high: more than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to an opioid overdose between January 2016 and September 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada recently reported.

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Mental Health and Addictions Funding for Ottawa

Ontario’s Government for the People is making an additional investment of more than $5.1 million this year to support people, families and caregivers in the Ottawa area living with mental health and addictions challenges.

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A Healthy Ontario: Building a
Sustainable Health Care System
2nd Report from the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine

June 2019

Premier’s Council Second Report that was developed in consultation with more than 1,500 health care professionals, patients and other stakeholders and partners from across the province, these recommendations will help inform the governments work to build a modern, sustainable and integrated health care system.

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MOH 2nd PremiersCouncilReport June 25 2019

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New research shows dramatic increase in Ontario teens visiting an ED for self-harm

Adolescents who intentionally harm themselves by poisoning or injuring themselves are at risk for repeated self-harm or suicide. A new CHEO and uOttawa study released today in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry shows a dramatic increase in the number of Ontario adolescents who presented to an emergency department for self-harm between 2009 and 2017. Changing Rates of Self-Harm and Mental Disorders by Sex in Youths Presenting to Ontario Emergency Departments: Repeated Cross-Sectional Study looked at all the emergency department visits by Ontario adolescents aged 13 to 17 for self-harm or mental health concerns from 2003 to 2017, about 170,000 visits each year. 

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Ontario Medical Association weighs in on supervised injection site stigma

The president of the Ontario Medical Association’s reaction to a supervised injection site advocate offering to be with people while they use drugs is that he’s demonstrating “the most humane part of us as a society.”

Dr. Nadia Alam said Brandon Bailey of Windsor must feel alone in his efforts to stop overdose-related deaths from happening, but he isn’t.

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New data available on home care and mental health and addictions

Canadians now have more information about home and community care and mental health and addictions services in their province or territory. Today, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released 3 new indicators that show how Canada’s health systems are faring when it comes to how many Canadians

  • Are hospitalized because of harm caused by substance use
  • Seek frequent emergency room (ER) care for help with mental health and/or addictions
  • Have their hospital stay extended because the right home and community care services and supports are not ready

These indicators are the first 3 of 12 chosen by the federal, provincial and territorial health ministries, in consultation with Canadians, to measure access to mental health and addictions services and to home and community care.

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Federal committee announces mental health strategies for agriculture sector

Mental wellness on the farm is gaining momentum as the industry draws attention to the impact silent suffering has on the health of our farms, families and rural communities. The federal government recently released a new report, Mental Health – A Priority for our Farmers, based on a six-month study conducted last year on the mental health challenges facing Canadian producers.

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Schizophrenia Society of Ontario continues to educate, support, advocate.

Nonprofit celebrating 40 years of assistance

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is marking 40 years of bringing schizophrenia and psychotic disorder awareness to the forefront and help to individuals affected by the illness in communities across the province.

The nonprofit’s communications manager, Ania Jones, says even today, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders remain insufficiently talked about and often feared.

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Ontario Government Introduces Legislation to Create New Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence and Enable the Province to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

 

On May 27, 2019, the provincial government introduced Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019.  If passed, the legislation will:

  • Establish the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence (the “Centre of Excellence”) within Ontario Health.
  • Give Ontario a direct cause of action against manufacturers and wholesalers of opioid products to recover the cost of health care benefits caused or contributed to by an “opioid-related wrong”.  This will enable the province to participate in a national class action lawsuit launched by British Columbia against opioid manufacturers and wholesalers.

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Ontario intends to join B.C.’s proposed class action against opioid manufacturers

The Ontario government says it plans to join British Columbia’s proposed class action lawsuit against dozens of opioid manufacturers.

Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said on Monday that the province will introduce legislation that, if passed, would enable Ontario’s participation in the suit launched late last year.

She said Ontario would invest any potential awards won from the litigation into frontline mental health and addiction services.

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OFCAN participates in the “Scaling and sustaining Changing Care” event

Hosted in Toronto by The Change Foundation.

Our Focus: Weaving Caregivers into Ontario’s healthcare system; where partnering with caregivers just becomes how we do things.

 

 

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Northumberland County health-care stakeholders propose Ontario Health Team model

Health-care providers throughout Northumberland County are partnering on an application to form an Ontario Health Team (OHT).

In a joint release, the health-care stakeholders said they have established an Ontario Health Team of Northumberland collaborative planning committee to submit a model of health-care delivery in response to the provincial government’s request to form OHTs.

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Ontario Successfully Concludes Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week

Throughout Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week, which are both concluding, Ontario’s Government for the People highlighted several investments as part of its $174 million in funding for mental health and addictions supports.

Across the government, the $174 million funding includes the following:

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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