While developing a Mental Health Plan, we spent time in the past year building partnerships and adding our voice to key mental health issues and activities across Ontario. For example, we:
- Took our views on human rights and mental health to two provincial consultations – the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Mental Health Strategy, and the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions
- Spoke with MOHLTC Anti-Stigma/Anti-Discrimination Advisory Committee
- Developed a partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Made presentations about mental health and addiction issues in a variety of locations, including the University of Windsor, Canadian Mental Health Association (Windsor), Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto), Salvation Army P.U.S.H. Program and Mad Pride Week (Toronto)
- Published an Interim Guide on Police Record Checks for Vulnerable Sector Screening following a settlement with the Toronto Police Services Board; we also raised issues about the release of mental health contact information with the Ontario Police Records Check Coalition – a group that includes the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, Community & Legal Aid Services Programme, Ontario Association of Patient Councils, and the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office
- Held discussions with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police on guidelines for record checks; wrote to the Attorney General with related concerns around police record checks on potential jurors.