Canadians for Access to Quality
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CFACT was originally founded in the early 2000's by the late Tony Cerenzia. Tony was the former president of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and CFACT was dedicated to improving the treatment and care provided to individuals who suffer from serious mental illnesses. We believe that there are major deficits present in the mental health care system today. We decided to change our name and to embark on incorporating and acquiring charitable status so that we have more resources to pursue our goals.
The changes needed in mental health care are the following:
Getting help early:
Getting the right help:
Ensure legislation that allows people admitted involuntarily to hospital to also be treated involuntarily.
Hospital assessment should include family caregiver observations. The hospital mental health team should include family caregivers as partners in treatment. Family caregivers who feel endangered or threatened by the ill family member must be listened to. Family caregivers should be given standing at hospital review board Consent and Capacity hearings.
Before discharge, hospitals should be obliged to craft an individualized, comprehensive plan for ongoing support in the community, and to include family caregivers in this plan
A continuum of treatment and care in the community:
person with a serious mental illness should be followed by the same
psychiatrist in hospital and out of hospital.
There are now long waiting lists for this highly effective support.
Dedicate a percentage of community supportive housing funds to long-term, high-service housing for people with high behavioural needs. It is unacceptable that, because of behaviours consistent with their illness, people are being evicted from housing that is funded specifically to support them.
Support programs that enhance quality of life by providing people with serious mental illnesses with an adequate income, cognitive remediation therapy, and opportunities for social participation, education and employment.
For further information e-mail: info AT cfact.ca
We are a non-profit organization working to ensure the appropriate
treatment for the seriously mentally ill (SMI). Continued
deinstitutionalization has placed a significant proportion of the SMI
population in jeopardy. Only when services are designed and provided on
the basis of the needs of individuals, will we achieve our goal. We do not accept donation from the pharmaceutical industry