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Urgent: Shape changes to the Mental Health Act – By December 4th, 2019

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  • Mental health and addictions strategy
  • Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence to be part of Ontario Health
  • Right for Ontario to sue for opioid damages and health care costs

These may seem a bit theoretical but you may be able to improve the proposed strategy. What do you think is most important and urgent? More at the end of the post below.

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019, has been time allocated by the Ford Conservative government. This means Second Reading debate was cut short and public input during the Committee phase is being limited.

Now is the time to register your comments, concerns, and recommendations to strengthen this legislation.

Please immediately send your written comments to the Standing Committee on Social Policy or request to appear before the Committee to make an oral presentation.

The deadline to request to appear before the Committee is Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 9:00 am. Witnesses to receive up to five (5) minutes for presentation followed by ten (10) minutes of questions by Committee members.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday, December 6 at 5:00 pm.

Contact the Standing Committee on Social Policy: 416-325-3506

Hearings are for one day only on Friday, December 6 from 9:00 – 12:00 pm AND 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  If you make a submission or plan to attend, please let my office know.


What should this centre look like?

“Ontario Health shall carry out the following functions through its Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence:

    1. Putting into operation the mental health and addictions strategy.
    2. Developing clinical, quality and service standards for mental health and addictions.
    3. Monitoring metrics related to the performance of the mental health and addictions system.
    4. Providing resources and support to health service providers, integrated care delivery systems and others related to mental health and addictions.
    5. Any other functions that the Minister may direct.”

What resources will the Centre provide? More money, information, buildings?

As a survivor what metrics and service standards are important?


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