Children's Mental Health Fast Report
A monthly newsletter featuring issues of importance to enable our members to best serve the mental health needs of children, youth and families in Ontario.
Save the Date and Submit a Workshop Proposal for CMHO Annual Conference

Mark your calendars to attend Canada's largest annual child & youth mental health conference on November 13 and 14, 2017 and also make note to submit a proposal for a workshop or poster by June 23, 2017.

CMHO is pleased to present our 2017 Conference – BOLD IDEAS: Exploring research, elevating practice, influencing policy. This is the largest conference of its kind in Canada convening clinical and community leaders with the goal of driving better outcomes for infants, children and youth.


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Register Now For The New Mentality’s Disable The Label

Last Chance to Register for Disable the Label 2017 being held this July!

Disable the Label (DTL) is The New Mentality's annual summer training retreat for young leaders and their adult allies in the mental health system.


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Roadmap to the 2018 Ontario Election: A Critical Push

It's been just over a month since the release of the 2017 provincial budget and while we remain disappointed in the government's lack of investment for child and youth mental health, it is critical that we plan to now increase the momentum of our government relations and advocacy work.


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Child, Youth and Family Services Act Legislation Passed

On May 15, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy recommended amendments to Bill 89, Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017. After being debated on May 31st, Bill 89 passed third reading and received Royal Assent on June 1. Proclamation of the new Act is expected in the coming months. More is available here.


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Provincial Minimum Wage Increased

As you may have heard, Premier Wynne announced the Ontario government plans to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is up from $11.40 per hour. This increase will be phased in over the next 18 months with the full $15 an hour taking effect on January 1, 2019. Ontario now joins Alberta as having the highest provincial minimum wages in the country. This may a substantial positive impact on the youth and families we serve.


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Children’s Mental Health Ontario Moves Offices

CMHO has moved offices. We are sub-leasing space from the Canadian Mental Health Assoc. Ontario (CMHA-ON) at 180 Dundas (at University) in Toronto. Addictions & Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) is also in the same building. We think this is an important step towards creating a more united and powerful voice for children, youth, and adults – together with their families and caregivers –with mental health issues.


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CMHO Refreshes its Logo

CMHO has refreshed its look with an update to its logo. As part of updating CMHO's website and marketing materials, CMHO has also created a new look and feel to its logo to make it appear more up-to-date. We've retained the core brand elements of the moon and sun as well as the important meaning of moving from darkness into the light.

If you are using CMHO logos on your website or in other informational or marketing materials, please contact cprins@cmho.org to request the new logo for your use.


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CAMH Public Talk Toronto - Lived experience with self-injury: Reflections on recovery, research, & resilience

Please see below information to an event that might be of interest to you or someone in your networks.


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Bonnie Segers Retires After 45 Years of Trailblazing Service at St. Clair Child and Youth Services

Please join us in expressing our gratitude towards Bonnie Segers who is retiring after nearly half a century of dedicated service to the children, youth and families of Sarnia-Lambton. She was honoured at SCCYS on June 2, 2017.


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Ms. Claire Fainer, Executive Director, East Metro Youth Services (EMYS), will Retire This Fall

CMHO and The Board of Directors, EMYS is incredibly grateful for her leadership and guidance over her 30 plus years of remarkable service to children's mental health services in Scarborough, Toronto and across the province.


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Brad Stark Appointed Executive Director, St. Leonard's Community Services Inc.

The Board of Directors of St. Leonard's Community Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Stark as the permanent Executive Director at St. Leonard's Community Services Inc.


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MCYS Releases Discussion Guide on CYFSA Regulations

As you know, on June 1 of this year, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017 received Royal Assent in the provincial legislature. Most provisions of the Act will come into force in April of 2018.

As we previously reported, the Act has broad regulatory powers and many of the details that will impact our sector will be prescribed by regulation. All licensed residential service providers will be subject to requirements in...


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