TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Mental Health Association,
Ontario Division (CMHA, Ontario), the Ontario Federation of
Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (the Federation), and
the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) wish to
congratulate and express their strong support for the work and
directions set by Ontario's Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions
in its final report, Navigating the Journey to Wellness: The
Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Ontarians,
that was released today.
Select Committee Chair, Kevin Flynn, MPP noted that the Select Committee
recognized that mental health is not a political issue, it is a health
issue that affects millions of Ontarians every year. "To see a
unanimous set of recommendations that spans all political parties in
Ontario is an important step for people living with mental health and
addiction issues in Ontario," says David Kelly, Executive Director, the
The report's 23 recommendations address many of the issues that have
been affecting Ontarians needing help for many years. "The need to
involve peer support workers in all aspects of service delivery has and
continues to be a goal of OPDI," says Deborrah Sherman, Executive
Director, OPDI. "We are pleased to see this need is recognized and
recommended by the Committee."
The report reflects the many submissions made to the Committee by
Ontarians across the province; consumers, family members, providers,
researchers, among others. "This report is a milestone in Ontario's
evolving mental health and addiction system," says Lorne Zon, CEO, CMHA,
Ontario. "All political parties need to focus on working together to
ensure that action is taken."
Mental health and addictions issues touch more Ontarians each year than
many other prominent health issues put together. Our organizations
thank the Select Committee for their dedication over the past 18 months
in preparing this report.
About CMHA, Ontario
Founded in 1952, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is
a non-profit, charitable organization committed to improving the lives
of people with mental illness and their families, and to the promotion
of mental health for all Ontarians. CMHA, Ontario achieves its mission
through public education, applied research and policy analysis, and
advocating for healthy public policy and an effective and efficient
health system. Ontario's 33 local CMHA branches provide direct services
and supports to communities across the province. Learn more at www.ontario.cmha.ca.
Founded originally in 1991, Ontario Peer Development Initiative took its
current name and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001.
OPDI is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)
with the mandate and mission: "to acquire, understand and amplify the
unique and distinct voice of consumer/survivor organizations across
Ontario. The experiential expertise of our peers will shape the mental
health system to achieve a valued, recovery-oriented, community-based
approach to support." OPDI has, in consultation with its 50+ member
organizations, recently created a Peer Support Core Essentials Toolkit
and Train-the-Trainer Program which will bring for the first time to
Ontario, a common method of training peer supporters. Learn more at www.opdi.org.
About the Federation
The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs
(OFMCHAP), also known as the Federation, is a non-profit
corporation with over 220 member organizations from across Ontario. The
goal of the Federation is to enable its members to provide high quality,
comprehensive and accessible community mental health and addiction
services. To achieve that goal the Federation represents the views of
its members in relation to service development, planning and
coordination, funding and administrative matters, as well as development
of provincial policy and legislation. Learn more at href="http://www.ofcmhap.on.ca/">www.ofcmhap.on.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Mental Health Association
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