OPDI NewsToGo Issue #390 – April 18, 2014
Highlights include: NCR Bill Becomes Law and Mental Health Community Responds; Privacy Commissioner Speaks Up On Police and Mental Health Records; Nursing Homes and Antipsychotics; Federal Ombudsman Finds Overmedicating Among Female Inmates; News; and More.
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NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Bill C-14 Passed by Senate and Receives Royal Assent; MH Community Reacts
Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, passed in the Senate and received Royal Assent last week, meaning it is now law. A coalition of mental health organizations (including OPDI) that opposed the bill put out this press release (do note that “Ontario” was omitted from our full name in the press release):
2. Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner Speaks Up on Police Mental Health Reporting
Some police forces are posting personal health information about suicide attempts to the Canadian Police Information Centre, which is made available to other police forces and U.S. Border officials. This has meant that people have been found unfit to enter the United States. The Ontario Privacy Commissioner has spoken out against this practice:
Her report and press release from the Commissioner’s office is here:
3. Provincial Budget Due May 1st
In the background of much political intrigue, the Finance Minister made it official: the Ontario budget will be presented May 1st:
4. Ontario Nursing Homes Overusing Antipsychotics
A newspaper report about the “off-label” use of an antipsychotic to keep agitated nursing home patients from becoming restless made its way into the Ontario Legislature’s “Question Period”:
5. Federal Prison Ombudsman Investigating Systemic Drugging of Female Inmates
A similar story is emerging about Canada’s correctional institutes for women. The Federal Corrections Ombudsman, Howard Sapers, is looking into the systemic use of antipsychotics for “off-label” purposes, namely to chemically calm female inmates:
More information about the drug (Seroquel) in question
A third story has quotes from stakeholders about this practice:
6. Mental Health and the Military
Global News has been doing a series of stories on mental health issues in the military. This one is a gateway to the whole series (check out the sidebar):
7. Urgent Psychiatrist Shortage in London Area
The London Health Sciences Centre is caught in a situation between heightened demand for mental health services and a lack of physicians to provide treatment:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
8. Resource for Ontario Renters
This MPP has made it a yearly tradition to produce an updated tenant guide that is applicable to Ontario legislation. You can download it here:
9. Concussions Leave to Mental Health Consequences in Youth
Further data mining into the Ontario Drug Use and Health Survey (a survey conducted by CAMH) has found a connection between concussions and other mental health issues:
10.Free Mental Health (Psychiatry) Resource App
This app made available by Global medical Education while aimed at mental health professionals is a useful resource for anyone interested in learning in depth about this subject. It is available for Apple iPhone users here and Android users here.
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
11.Dr. Cheryl Forchuk Named Distinguished University Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Forchuk of the University of Western Ontario, a frequent collaborator with OPDI and other CSIs in research on peer support. She has been named a Distinguished University Professor:
12.Are You Attending the National Conference on Peer Support in Halifax? (repeat)
Are you going to Halifax for National Conference on Peer Support this month? Are you passionate about inclusion, peer support, recovery & employment? We are hoping to find people who can tell a compelling story on the importance of work, the power of recovery and the value of peer support. For more information, please contact Neasa Martin email@example.com.
13.Reminder: Submit a Recovery Resource (Deadline April 23, 2014) (repeat)
Recovery inventory: Submit a recovery-oriented resource
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