OPDI NewsToGo Issue #376 – January 3, 2014
Highlights include: Best Wishes for the New Year; Ashley Smith Coroner’s Inquest; Police and Mental Health; Supreme Court Rules on Police Notes; Medical Marijuana and Heroin Updates; News; and More.
Editor’s Note: Please be aware that many online newspaper sites are now behind pay-walls. Not all articles with hyperlinks may be accessible due to circumstances beyond our control; we apologize for the inconvenience.
NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. More Commentary from the Ashley Smith Coroner’s Inquest
The entire report including the 104 jury recommendations can be found here:
Newspapers also speculate about implications for the justice system:
A couple of noted professors bring their thoughts through a letter to the editor:
2. Police and Mental Health
This article suggests that we may be at a turning point in how police deal with those having mental health issues:
This backgrounder to the upcoming March 2014 conference co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Mental Health Commission of Canada that will deal with police interactions with the mentally ill:
Conference information for this Toronto conference is here:
3. Canadian Supreme Court Rules on Police Notes
In case you missed it: the nation’s highest court ruled that police officers who are being investigated by a civilian watchdog can no longer have their notes prepared by a lawyer:
4. Whither the Federal Position on Medical Marijuana?
It’s a very confusing world out there:
5. Prescription Heroin Still Up in the Air
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
6. HSJCC Conference Presentations Now Available Online (suggestions)
Presentations from the November 2013 Biennial Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee are now online:
MOHLTC staff presented a snapshot of the Ontario Forensic Mental Health System:
Ministry of Children and Youth Services provided a survey of the overlapping mental health and addiction issues of those youth who are involved with the justice system:
7. Postpartum Depression and City Living
Researchers at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto believe that the diagnosis of postpartum depression is more frequent in urban areas:
8. An Innovative Practice in Mental Health and the Justice System
Here’s a British example of a promising practice in mental health and justice – it involves putting mental health nurses in police stations:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
9. National Conference on Peer Support Early Bird Registration (repeat)
The long-awaited April 30 – May 2, 2014 Peer Support Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has now begun early-bird registration:
Full details can be found on the Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada website:
10.National 2014 Collaborative Mental Care Conference
The 2014 Collaborative Mental Health Care conference takes place in Toronto Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21. The call for Conference papers is due January 31. More information is available here:
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