News & Events News & Announcements 2014 SSO Applauds Ministry for Legislative Changes

SSO Applauds Ministry for Legislative Changes

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) would like to congratulate the Government of Ontario and Honourable Yasir Naqvi, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) for moving forward with legislative framework for what police can and cannot disclose about Ontarians who have not been convicted of a crime. 
In response to the calls from SSO and our partners with the Police Record Checks Coalition and other sector stakeholders, MCSCS announced today, December 4, 2014, that that in early 2015 it will table legislation detailing for the first time what information police can disclose to employers, volunteer agencies and academic institutions. 
This has been a huge concern for people and families living with mental illness whose information resulting from calling 911 or going through mental health diversion often shows up on police checks and prevents opportunities for employment and volunteer opportunities, and even cross-border travel. SSO has been advocating for this issue for the past eight years and it is great to see concrete action from the government.
To read the article with the announcement click here.
To read about SSO`s work on this issue, click here