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Exhaustive mental-health strategy needs big cash boost to address crisis

May 8, 2012

….The strategy’s 109 recommendations include:

. Shifting policies and practices toward a “recovery and well being” model;

. Improving access to treatments, including publicly funded psychotherapy and medications;

. Stopping disclosure in police record checks of instances when police uses provisions of a Mental Health Act to apprehend a person who is in crisis – information that can be disclosed even when no offence has been committed and no charges laid, making it difficult for people to volunteer or get a job, and;

. More “diversion programs,” including mental health courts and restorative justice programs to keep people living with mental-health illnesses out of prison.

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