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Ontario Mental Health Police Record Check Coalition

This website has information, rights guides, presentations, and news about mental health records and police record checks. It has a section on cross-border travel, including how to protect yourself from being denied entry into the United States because of your mental health history, and steps you can take to protect yourself prior to traveling.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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What are my rights as a mental health patient?

This web page describes mental health patients’ rights according to the Ontario Mental Health Act.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

An Information Guide for People Impacted by Non-Conviction Police Records in Ontario

This guide is intended to inform and assist people who are affected by (or suspect they may have) non-conviction police records. There is information on what police non-conviction police records are, how they are created and maintained, the types of police record checks used in Ontario and what they reveal, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Discrimination based on mental health or addiction disabilities – Information for housing providers (fact sheet)

This fact sheet summarizes what housing providers need to know with regard to mental health and addiction disabilities and the Code, including what discrimination is and the forms it takes, what the duty to accommodate is and what the forms of accommodation are, and preventing and responding to discrimination.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions

The policy explains the rights afforded to those dealing with mental health issues, offers examples of human rights violations on the basis of mental illness or addiction, and suggests practical advice on how to deal with such situations.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario

This webinar offers strategies for enhancing communication across mental health, addictions, human services, and justice sectors. It covers issues of confidentiality when communicating with correctional facilities, and lessons learned from a communication agreement between a community service provider and a correctional facility.

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Health & Mental Health

This resource discusses the health and mental health rights of young people under 18. Topics covered include the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and health care options for people who do not qualify for OHIP. It has information on the rights of young people to see a doctor or a health care practioner without a parent or guardian, and the privacy of health records.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Human rights, mental health and addiction disabilities

This section of the Ontario Human Rights Commission web site explains the rights of persons with mental health disabilities and addictions, and includes tips on how employers and housing and service providers can meet their responsibilities under the Code, including the duty to accommodate.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Human rights, mental health and addiction disabilities (brochure)

This brochure describes how people with mental health disabilities or addictions are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. It includes these topics:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Disability and human rights

The Code protects people from discrimination and harassment because of past, present and perceived disabilities.  “Disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some not visible.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2011