Advocacy and Research
How Does CMHA ‘Advocate’?
CMHA’s goals include “ensuring the best possible care, treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally ill.” In our society, “ensuring” care inevitably means influencing the Canadian political system, whose activities now affect the happiness and well being of our citizens in innumerable ways. Governments provide “essential” services like health, education, defense, communication etc. They determine laws and policies, they police or regulate activities, they finance programs, they market resources and so on. In other words, government policies have a major impact on the well being of our citizens and influencing these policies is critical to “ensuring care.”.
Some of the strategies used in our advocacy role include:
- Developing positions for Board approval
- Preparing and submitting briefs
- Monitoring responses to presentations
- Liaising with government and other agencies on matters of policy and legislation
- Organizing communities for social action
- Investigating consumer complaints
- Researching public opinion and community service
- Participating in human services coalitions
- Participating on government advisory committees
- Recommending legislative improvements
SOM Surveys, Opinion Polls and Marketing conducted the survey on behalf of Desjardins Financial Security between February 12th and March 14th, 2007. In total, 1,508 interviews were conducted with a representative sample of Canadian adults. The sampling plan provides proportional estimates with a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 2.6% at a 95% confidence level (19 times out of 20). The data was statistically weighted to accurately reflect the composition of Canadians by region, gender and age based on Statistics Canada’s 2001 Census information.