The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) has published a number of new position papers and statements over the last few months:
- The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care: A Shared Vision for the Future
- The Psychiatrist’s Role in Addressing Stigma and Discrimination
- Psychiatric Human Resources Planning in Canada
- Principles Underlying Mental Health Legislation
In July, the CPA will publish Access to Newer Medication. This paper addresses a growing concern that Canadians who are dependent on public drug programs do not have equal access to emerging new medications for mental disorders, compared with those who have private drug insurance coverage. Equity between provincial and territorial public drug insurance plans is also an issue. Paper will be available in mid-July at: http://publications.cpa-apc.org/browse/documents/69
A Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Progress Report
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is expected to release the first draft of a mental health strategy for Canada in early 2012. This June, an initial draft of the strategy was validated by targeted stakeholders. The six strategies are: Shift Upstream and Across Sectors, Transform Relationships and Uphold Rights, Strengthen Community Capacity, Improve Equity, Seek Innovation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and Mobilize Leadership. The first five strategies set out an agenda for transformation. The sixth identifies the leadership and infrastructure needed to enable transformation. Priorities for action for each of these strategic directions are in development. For more information on the MHCC and this initiative see http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/Strategy.aspx.