Welcome to the summer edition of the PCMH Newsletter. We know the summer months keep everyone hopping and busy, and so just a brief newsletter this month to hopefully keep you updated on some important things and items of interest.
PCMH will be hosting its annual Summit on September 13th and 14th - This year at the Toronto Congress Centre.
Featured guest speaker - the Minister of Child and Youth Services as well as consultations with the team from MCYS working on transformation. Full agenda and registration details coming!
Our last newsletter featured an update on Transformation (seen here)
We are asking members to participate in a very brief online survey to help inform us in representing family voice. Please take a moment to fill this survey in
Update on Transformation - Moving on Mental Health: A system that makes sense for children and youth.
"Moving on Mental Health" is the Ministry of Child and Youth Services' report outlining the plan to reform the child and youth mental health sector so that it is a "system that makes sense for children and youth".
Some excerpts from the document include:
" Parents have consistently reported that finding the right services and support is confusing."
" Teachers, family doctors and others who help children also find our system challenging, and this prevents young people from getting the help they need."
"This is a problem we are determined to fix.
We envision a very different experience for Ontario's young people and their families who seek treatments and support for their mental health problems."
Through Open Minds, Healthy Minds; Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the government's immediate priorities are: to deliver more services and to help children and youth get the services they need faster. Over the next three years, the government is building on its investments, which provide more direct services in communities, and fundamentally changing the system itself. This will transform the experience of children, youth and families by creating the best service system to support children and youth with mental health needs and make the most of our investments now – and in the future. The result will be a child and youth mental health system that makes sense to families, and is coherent to teachers, doctors and all those who work with families to find help.
Our action plan, Moving on Mental Health: A system that makes sense for children and youth, will get us there.
Specifically, the Moving On Mental Health action plan will transform the experience of families seeking help by: Creating and Supporting Pathways to Care, Defining Core Services, Establishing Community Lead Agencies, Creating a new funding model, and Building a legislative and regulatory framework.
Cynthia Abel, Project Director, System Transition Team, recently commented "We realize to do this right, we need to do it together with the families, children and youth who use the services, as well as the agencies who provide the services. We are pleased to be working with a Parent and Youth Advisory Panel on System Change to help guide us in the work, but also recognize that we must continue to reach out to families across the Province. Parents for Children's Mental Health is one of the ways we hope to continue to engage families throughout this process."
For more information about the action plan - http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/specialneeds/mentalhealth/momh.aspx
The Moving on Mental Health team plans to engage families across the province about their perspectives and input, and will be doing this in a number of different ways throughout the coming months, and years.
If you are interested in participating in any of the opportunities that arise for consultation with families and youth, please send your information to email@example.com so you can be added to the database of families that are available for different consultation opportunities. Be part of building a system that makes sense to you.
Are you following us on Twitter yet? Make sure you do as we now feature a regular Information and Update segment - "PCMH Family Forum". A great way to get some relevant information or resources, or just things of interest without having to mine for hours on the web. Follow us @PCMHOntario and look for the next "Family Forum".
Children's Mental Health Ontario - Conference -
Save the Date: November 18th/19th, 2013
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
from Partners for Mental Health
Getting mental health onto the agenda of the provincial/territorial and federal governments is no small task. It will require people across the country raising their voices and telling those in power that mental health must be treated like any other part of the health care system.
Many of the world’s most pressing social challenges have been overcome by people standing up and telling their governments that they want change now.
Currently, we are looking to organize people across the country who want to be that voice and take action in influencing people, policies, practices and systems to advance mental health in our communities.
Anyone can help influence change and we can help you succeed in your efforts through training, resources and tools.
SIGN UP to find out how you can be a force of change in your community.
With your help, we can create unprecedented improvements in funding, services and support for mental health care in this country.
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
London, Charity Golf Tournament with the proceeds to support PCMH.
Are you from the London area? How about getting a PCMH team together and going for a day of fun, networking, and support of PCMH and this amazing charity golf tournament team!
For more information, to register, sponsor, or donate please visit their website: Peace of Mind Charity Golf Tournament
PCMH Waterloo Chapter planning some fundraising activities
1. Garage Sale - save your items and we will pick up. Date is Sept. 7th at 66 Coach Hill Dr.
2. Book sale - again we will arrange to pick up any items. Date is Nov. 9th and 10th
Please think of Parents for Children's Mental Health before you throw away items.
Contact Laura firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Just like Spring Flowers - New PCMH Chapters are growing!
Chapters in Oakville, Simcoe, Midland, London, Haliburton and Acton.
Check out their pages for contact information and how to become involved and get connected! The leaders are looking forward to connecting with you!
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