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SSO applauds new guidelines for background checks

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) would like to commend the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for the updated LEARN Guideline which, if adopted by local police services, will end the disclosure of non-conviction information on police checks. This includes mental health apprehensions, hospital transport, and allegations that never resulted in charges. This is a great step towards ensuring that individuals with mental health and addictions issues who, as a result of illness, may come into contact with police, are not discriminated and stigmatized against in profressional, educational, or volunteer settings.
Previously, SSO, through its Police Records Checks Coalition (PRCC), worked closely with police chiefs and we applaud the OACP for listening to community concerns and taking concrete positive action on this issue. However, our work does not stop here. For us to have a fully inclusive and supportive society for people living with mental health and addictions issues, other changes are much needed — in legislation, employment practices and finally, how we, as a society, perceive and respond to issues of mental health and addictions.

To read our submission to OACP, click here. To read the updated Guideline, click here.