Regional Council received a presentation by Sandy Milakovic, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association - Peel Branch, on mental health issues in the Peel community. She stated that there is a lot of research available regarding mental health; however, more action is required to address the issue in communities. She noted that the Central West and Mississauga Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) remain among the lowest funded in the Province, with a wait list of one to two years for intensive case management services. The average wait time for supportive housing for people with serious mental illness is 2.5 years. Regional Council confirmed its continued support for staff working with the LHINs to increase funding for Mental Health issues in Peel.
For more information on the Canadian Mental Health Association please visit www.cmha.ca.
Regional Council approved a change to the current four day a week collection schedule for White Goods to a two day a week schedule to reflect the significant drop in demand for the service. Dan Labrecque, Commissioner of Public Works, stated that budget savings in the amount of $37,000 are expected, as a result of the reduced schedule. Staff will monitor service levels and increase service during seasonal peaks if required.
For more information on White Goods Collection please visit the Region of Peel Waste Management website at www.peelregion.ca/pw/waste.
Regional Official Plan Amendment 25 - Performance Measurement Policies and Planning Act Conformity - Provincial Modifications and Appeal
Regional Council authorized and directed staff to support Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 25 at the upcoming Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing. ROPA 25 provides a basis to assess the Region’s progress in meeting the various targets set out in the Regional Official Plan, including housing, intensification and density targets. In addition, ROPA 25 provides performance measurement support for Regional programs and services to help assess their progress in meeting established goals and targets.
Update on Sheridan Villa Long Term Care Centre’s Special Behaviour Support Unit
Regional Council received information on the Sheridan Villa Long Term Care Centre’s Special Behavior Support Unit. The Special Behavior Support Unit was created for eligible clients who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and challenging behaviours . The 19 bed unit has been filled since early December 2010. The unit assists in preventing seniors at risk from requiring emergency hospital services and will reduce hospital bed pressures.
Regional Council received information on the Healthy Babies Healthy Children funding. The program is currently experiencing a funding freeze. As of 2009, only 70 per cent of new mothers are contacted within 48 hours of hospital discharge compared to the Ministry of Children and Youth Service’s standard of 100 per cent and universal postpartum home visiting has been discontinued. Of those mothers contacted, 70 per cent are referred to the high risk home visiting program. Over 150 high risk families wait between four to six weeks for an in-depth assessment.
Regional Council also passed a resolution requesting that the Ministers of Education and Children and Youth Services clarify the Government’s plans for the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program as a component of Ontario’s Early Learning and Child Care Investment Initiative.
New Funding for Youth Engagement – Tobacco Prevention
The Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport announced 100 per cent funding for the Youth Engagement-Tobacco Prevention Program for the next two to three years. The funding, approximately $280,000, will allow for program leadership, coordination and collaboration within Peel Public Health and the community. Currently, smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. By 2020, Peel Public Health aims to reduce smoking prevalence in Peel from the current 19 per cent of the population to 15 per cent. Youth specific reduction rates in Peel are to decrease the percentage of smokers to 7 per cent from the current 12 per cent for males and 10 per cent for females.