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March 25, 2013 - A Framework for Strategic Planning

A Framework for Strategic Planning offers background information and relevant examples to provide policy direction for early intervention in psychosis. It describes key elements that should be considered by policy makers, providers and other stakeholders.

March 25, 2013 - Participating in Federal Public Policy: A Guide for the Voluntary Sector

This resource by the Calgary Volunteer Sector Initiative is designed to help voluntary organizations participate in the federal public policy development process. The guide also gives federal government departments insight into how to involve their voluntary sector counterparts more effectively. The development of this resource was funded by the Government of Canada through the Capacity Joint Table (CJT) of the Voluntary Sector Initiative.

March 25, 2013 - Response to the Correctional Service of Canadas Proposed Mental Health Strategy for Women Prisoners

This response by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) outlines two basic principles that the CAEFS believes should guide the development of mental health services policy for women by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

March 25, 2013 - What Kind of Canada? A Call for a National Debate on the Canada Social Transfer

This was the first document in a series that the Canadian Council on Social Development prepared to outline the issues and opportunities  that face the country as a result of the newly created Canada Social Transfer.

March 25, 2013 - An Inclusion Lens: Workbook for Looking at Social and Economic Exclusion and Inclusion

A tool by Health Canada for analyzing legislation, policies, programs and practices to determine whether they promote the social and economic inclusion of individuals, families, and communities.

Access the tool here.
March 25, 2013 - Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Canada: Bridging the Gap Between Research Findings and Public Policy

In spite of an accumulated body of evidence and Canada's own expertise on the topic, there is currently a policy vacuum on social determinants of health, as the costs and delivery of health care services have come to dominate the public debate. Whereas Canada was a leader in the 1970s and 1980s, it has now fallen behind countries such as the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden. If we continue to ignore these broader policy issues, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing spending on medical care are unlikely to succeed in maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. Establishing a social determinants of health task force to consider the findings and implement their implications would be a valuable first step in this direction.

March 25, 2013 - Not Strangers in These Parts: Urban Aboriginal Peoples

The seventeen papers contained in this volume by the Policy Research Initiative from the Government of Canada explore issues that face public policy makers as they begin to work toward programs and policies that will address the aspirations and needs of Aboriginal people and communities in urban areas.

March 25, 2013 - Aboriginal Health - Health Transition Fund Synthesis Series

A key background document by Health Canada which provides a general context of research into Aboriginal health in Canada. Discusses federal-level policy change required to address health inequities.

March 25, 2013 - Housing, Health and Mental Health

This housing backgrounder was developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Citizens for Mental Health project: a two year project which came to a close in May 2004. The project goal was to enhance the capacity of the voluntary sector to engage in federal level policy initiatives related to mental health. Through a series of consultations with a range of voluntary sector organizations, housing was identified as a key determinant related to the mental health of every community.

March 25, 2013 - Justice: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on justice was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Social Union Framework: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on the social union framework was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Home Care: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on home care was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on immigrant & refugee mental healtwas created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Income Security: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on mental illness in Canada was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Housing and Homelessness: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on housing and homelessness was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Mental Health: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on mental health was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Mental Illness in Canada: Backgrounder

This backgrounder on mental illness in Canada was created for the CMHA's Citizens for Mental Health forum series to provide an overview of the issue and highlight government and community-based responses.

March 25, 2013 - Home Care and Mental Health: From Policy to Action

In Toronto on January 29th – 31st, 2006, the CMHA National, the Canadian Association for Community Care and the Canadian Home Care Association, held a Policy Forum on Home Care and Mental Health.  This Forum brought together key stakeholders from governments, service providers, consumers of mental health services, families, health professionals and community-based organizations for discussions that will advance the policy agenda for mental health home care.

March 25, 2013 - Home Care and Mental Health: Web Discussion Analysis

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National Office hosted a web discussion throughout March and April 2005 to promote a dialogue on mental health and home care: key issues and policy implications. The web discussion touched on many of the important elements to be considered in developing mental health and home care policies.

March 25, 2013 - WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation

There are many ways to improve the lives of people with mental disorders. One important way is through policies, plans and programmes that lead to better services. To implement such policies and plans, one needs good legislation–that is, laws that place the policies and plans in the context of internationally accepted human rights standards and good practices. This Resource Book aims to assist countries in drafting, adopting and implementing such legislation. It does not prescribe a particular legislative model for countries, but rather highlights the key issues and principles to be incorporated into legislation.

March 25, 2013 - Framework for Action on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Canada is the only advanced industrial country that does not have a national strategy or plan on mental health. As a result, people in Canada suffer unnecessary disability and mortality from mental illness, addictions, and poor mental health, and system costs continue to rise. One in five people in Canada experience mental illness and are dependent on support from their families, communities, the economy, and a stretched social service system. This paper explains why a national mental health strategy is urgently needed.

March 25, 2013 - The Law As It Affects Older Adults

Although older adults make up a growing proportion of Ontario’s population, law and policy-makers may not be aware of the potential effects of their laws and policies on these members of society. This includes laws or policies that directly target older adults, as well as general laws and policies that may affect older persons as part of the general population. The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is creating a tool to help evaluate new or existing laws, policies and practices and understand their impact on older adults.

Read more at the Law Commission of Ontario website.

March 25, 2013 - Position Paper on Federal Income Security Programs

This 2001 position paper provides an analysis on why the issues of people with serious mental illness should be on the Federal income support agenda. It provides a thorough understanding of how current Federal income security programs operate in order to identify ways they might be improved so that people with serious mental illness can have access to adequate income and a decent quality of life. The policy recommendations put forward in this document are intended for use as advocacy tools, and may suggest opportunities for collaboration with other national disability groups.

March 25, 2013 - Out of the Shadows and Toward Recovery: Are We Getting There?

In June 2008, CMHA responded to the 2006 Out of the Shadows report with a position paper, “Out of the Shadows Redux”. Now that the Commission has released its draft framework for a national strategy, we are returning with a follow-up submission. We begin with a brief summary of CMHA’s previous messages.

March 25, 2013 - Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada (Part II)

Over the past year, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has received more than two thousand submissions from all across Canada on the subject of mental health, mental illness and addiction. Hundreds of Canadians shared heartbreaking stories that revealed to the Committee the true state of Canada’s mental health, mental illness and addiction “system.” The members of the Committee have come to recognize the reality that profound change is essential if persons living with mental illness are to receive the help they need and to which they are entitled. We trust that readers of this report will reach the same conclusion.

March 25, 2013 - Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada

Over the past year, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has received more than two thousand submissions from all across Canada on the subject of mental health, mental illness and addiction. Hundreds of Canadians shared heartbreaking stories that revealed to the Committee the true state of Canada’s mental health, mental illness and addiction “system.” The members of the Committee have come to recognize the reality that profound change is essential if persons living with mental illness are to receive the help they need and to which they are entitled. We trust that readers of this report will reach the same conclusion.

March 25, 2013 - Balancing Individual Rights and Public Interest

In this 2004 submission to the House of Commons Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Canadian Mental Health Association outlines specific technical recommendations surrounding Bill C-10 to ensure that the legislation will provide for appropriate safeguards to ensure that the balance between public interest and individual rights is achieved.

March 25, 2013 - ‘Out of the Shadows’ Redux

In this paper, CMHA starts the discussion of bridging from Out of the Shadows to a national strategy by proposing components of a more coherent approach that uses the recovery vision in Out of the Shadows as a unifying thread to connect all the pieces, and develops a theoretical framework that distinguishes services and supports throughout the document, highlighting determinants of health and other community-based approaches (such as the role of NGOs) outside the realm of formal government services. We present these key recommendations, along with examples of related gaps in the Out of the Shadows report, and some specific suggestions for action.

March 25, 2013 - Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the People of Canada

In this 2004 submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Canadian Mental Health Association outlines the need for a Pan-Canadian Strategy on Mental Illness and Mental Health under federal leadership.

March 25, 2013 - Federal Government Role in Development and Implementation of Population Health Policy

In this 2005 submission to the Senate Subcommittee on Population Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association contributed to their consideration of mental health issues by sharing findings on Canadians' perspectives on the determinants of health, and discussing the implications of these findings in terms of federal government action on population health.

March 25, 2013 - Working Together Toward a Pan-Canadian Strategy on Mental Health/Mental Illness for the People of Canada

The Canadian Mental Health Association recommends five broad areas on which the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology should move forward: developing and implementing a pan-Canadian national strategy on mental Illness/mental health; responding to the Premiers’ Council’s commitment to community mental health; ensuring that children and youth, aboriginals, women, and new immigrants are included in the national strategy; ensuring that suicide is addressed as part of the national strategy; and committing to increasing the capacity of the voluntary sector in the mental health community to participate in public policy development.

March 25, 2013 - Federal Budget Initiatives: Enhancing the Economic Basis for Mental Health

In this 2009 submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, the Canadian Mental Health Association advocates that income support and other measures to prevent and reduce poverty can play several roles with regard to mental illness and mental health. We have attempted to mainstream our advocacy to cover three areas of importance to the planning and configuring of the upcoming federal budget. These areas cover modifications to the National Child Benefit Supplement, Canada Social Transfer, and development of Basic Income Support Programs for persons living with mental illness and other disabilities. We believe that our recommendations are realistic and realizable, and that they have the potential to promote mental health and wellness, and optimize psychological, social, civic, and economic functioning.

March 25, 2013 - Enhancing Productivity in Canada: Benefiting from the Contributions of All Canadians

In its pre-budget consultations for the fall of 2005, the Standing Committee of Finance indicated an interest in receiving input on how improvements to Canada’s productivity performance contributes to the economic growth of the nation. In this submission, the Canadian Mental Health Association challenged the committee to look outside of the traditional business/economic model of small, medium and large businesses to consider whether Canada is making the most out of the potential of all its citizens.

March 25, 2013 - Poverty Reduction: A Necessary Component of the Federal Government’s Mental Health Strategy for Canadians

People living with mental illness are severely affected by social and economic inequality. Through no fault of their own they face extended and often lifetime unemployment, social exclusion, isolation, relationship distress, poor physical health and lack of hope for the future. In Canada, persons who suffer from mental illness constitute a disproportionate percentage of persons living below the poverty line, thus exacerbating problems associated with mental illness and contributing to stressors which cause poor mental health.

March 25, 2013 - Stigma and Mental Illness: A Framework for Action

Mental illness can affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, culture, ethnicity, or social class. But no matter who they are, people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are all likely to experience stigma. Public attitudes and beliefs, often based on fear and misunderstanding, stereotype individuals with mental illness, exposing them to prejudice and discrimination. Stigma infects every issue surrounding mental illness, often with worse consequences than the illness itself. In 2001, the World Health Organization declared stigma to be the “single most important barrier to overcome in the community.”

March 25, 2013 - Report on the Workshop on Suicide-Related Research in Canada

The purpose of the Workshop on Suicide-Related Research in Canada, held in Montreal February 7-8, 2003, was to develop a national, collaborative agenda on research related to suicide in Canada. This workshop brought together 43 practitioners, researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal communities, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Health Canada for an exploratory consultation focused on the development of a national agenda on research focused on both suicide and suicide-related behaviour.

March 25, 2013 - A Proposal to Establish a National Health Human Resources Infrastructure Fund

The implementation of Medicare in the 1960s required a major investment in capacity-building to train health professionals. The Heath Resources Fund Act – introduced by the federal government in 1966 played a key role in enabling a significant expansion in training capacity across the provinces for a range of health practitioners. Over forty years later, with the challenges associated with an aging workforce and a higher volume and complexity of population health needs, the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) believes that bold action is once again required.

March 25, 2013 - Legislation