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Mental Health Act Review

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1991
Pages: 
21
Collections: 
Summary: 
Describes the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities. Includes discussion of deinstitutionalization and community living; and a fair legislative framework for people with disabilities. Includes answers to specific questions asked as part of the mental health act review process in BC. Includes the Declaration on the Decade of Disabled Persons, signed by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; Canadian Organization of Provincial Organizations of the Handicapped; Disability Rights Movement; HIV/AIDS; deinstitutionalization; Mental Health Act; human rights; mental health; informed consent

Closer to Home: Concerns and Comments from the Disability Community

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1992
Pages: 
12
Collections: 
Summary: 
This report is in response to "Closer to Home: The Report of the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs", and was submitted to Paul Pallan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health. It addresses recommendations from the report which the BCCPD felt to have shortcomings, and makes additional recommendations. In particular, this document takes issue with the Report's assumption that hospitals determine what health is; the themes of deinstitutionalization and medicalization throughout the report; the lack of long term care policy; the proposal to implement a Registry of Individuals with Disabilities; the Report's discussion of HIV/AIDS; and the lack of specific discussion of women with disabilities.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; health policy; Canadian health system; health reform; Report of the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs; Seaton report; deinstitutionalization; long-term care; HIV/AIDS; women with disabilities

"New Directions" In Health: Disability Communities' Role

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1993
Pages: 
14
Collections: 
Summary: 
This report is in response to the BC Ministry of Health's launch of a "New Directions" campaign to restructure health service management and delivery through "decentralization". Decentralization refers to the attempt to spread out responsibility for health care from the Ministry of Health to Regional Health Boards or Authorities. In the face of potential cutbacks to health services, this report aims to mobilize the disability community to participate in the "New Directions" process. Includes background on health reform.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; health policy; BC health system; health reform; decentralization; BC Ministry of Health; determinants of health

New Directions: Disability Communities' Role, One Year Later

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1994
Pages: 
10
Collections: 
Summary: 
This report gives an update on disability communities' participation in the "New Directions" BC health reform process. Concludes that initial concerns about the "New Directions" process, i.e. that it would prioritize cutting costs over consumer concerns, were well founded. Notes that the most important recommendations from the Report of the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs have been ignored. Focuses on trying to change the "New Directions" process.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; health policy; BC health system; health reform; decentralization; BC Ministry of Health; determinants of health

Health Platform for People with Disabilities

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1995
Pages: 
18
Collections: 
Summary: 
This document is intended to provide disability advocates with an outline of how the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities intends to pursue its advocacy around health care reform in BC, and to provide information and assistance to other groups lobbying around health care issues. It was written after frustrated attempts to participate in the "New Directions" BC health reform process, and after key decisions affecting people with disabilities were made without consultation. The document is intended to begin to forge links with other groups involved in health care reform. Includes a glossary of terms and health fact sheets on HIV/AIDS; Respite; Women; Rehabilitation; Mental Health Act; Patients' Charter of Rights; Continuing Care; and Direct Funding.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; health policy; health reform; BC health system; BC Ministry of Health; HIV/AIDS; women with disabilities; Mental Health Act; coalition building

Submission to Regionalization Assessment Team

Publication type: 
Position Paper
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1996
Pages: 
8
Collections: 
Summary: 
Responds to the BC Ministry of Health's Consultation Questionnaire, developed as part of the Regionalization Assessment Process. Notes that the "New Directions" decentralization BC health reform process has focused almost exclusively on governance issues to the detriment of community responsiveness; that Community Health Councils are dominated by health professionals and administrators; favours stopping the amalgamation of BC Rehabilitation with other services; encourages a bottom-up process; and recommends that a task force be established to define core services.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; decentralization; health policy; health reform; BC Health System; BC Ministry of Health; BC Rehabilitation

Population Health Goals for British Columbia

Publication type: 
Position Paper
Agency: 
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Date: 
1995
Pages: 
7
Collections: 
Summary: 
This document is a response to the request for written input on Population Health Goals for British Columbia made by the Provincial Health Officer. Challenges the assumption that people with disabilities are "sick"; favours a determinants of health model, concluding that population health in BC cannot be left in the hands of the Ministry of Health and health care industry; provides examples of federal and provincial government actions that are detrimental to health from a socioeconomic determinants perspective.
Keywords: 
health; disability; people with disabilities; disability advocacy; decentralization; health policy; health reform; BC Health System; BC Ministry of Health; population health; determinants of health

People without Homes: A Permanent Emergency

Publication type: 
Position Paper
Agency: 
Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto
Date: 
1983
Pages: 
23
Collections: 
Summary: 
The document intends to add significantly to public discussion on the issues of crisis housing for low income people in Metro Toronto. The discussion paper emphasizes the permanent nature of the crisis calling it - " the shelter crisis cannot simply be called an emergency, it is a permanent emergency"
Keywords: 
Homelessness; affordable housing; Toronto

Summary of Provincial Commission on Housing Options Recommendations

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing
Date: 
1993
Pages: 
20
Collections: 
Summary: 
A commission on Housing options was established in 1992 to consult with British Columbians and bring forward recommendations for housing policy and programs to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing by the end of 1992. This is a summary of the commission's recommendations which includes: legislative and regulatory reforms to allow the private and non-profit sectors to build as affordably as possible; reallocation of government spending on specific programs; new programs to assist British Columbians in housing need and organizational changes within the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing.
Keywords: 
affordable housing; housing needs; homelessness; legislative reform

Gender Based- Analysis. A guide for Policy Making

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Status of Women Canada
Date: 
1996
Pages: 
73
Collections: 
Summary: 
In 1995, the federal government adopted a policy requiring federal departments and agencies to conduct gender-based analysis of future policies and legislation, when appropriate. This guide is a working document developed by the Status of Women Canada to assist in the implementation of this government-wide policy.
Keywords: 
gender-based analysis; policy making

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