Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Communities Across the ProvincePublished on May 06, 2019
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — Ontario’s mental health care system is disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need. This leaves many vulnerable Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and access timely mental health care only when in crisis. Too many Ontarians wait too long for the mental health and addictions services they need. This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and is simply not good enough.
In response, Ontario’s Government for the People is adding desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province.
MPP Jeff Yurek announced an additional investment of $355,000 this year to support people, families and caregivers in Elgin-Middlesex-London living with mental health and addictions challenges.
This is part of the additional $174 million in funding to address the critical gaps in Ontario’s system and to support patients and families living with mental health and addictions challenges. To ensure mental health and addiction service providers have stable, long-term funding, the government will be making this additional funding available every year.
Included in the overall investment of $174 million is nearly $30 million for child and youth mental health services and programs across Ontario, as well as more than $27 million to fund mental health supports in Ontario’s education system, which will directly benefit schools, teachers and, most importantly, students and their parents.
“Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “This additional funding will go directly towards services for patients and families and help reduce wait times, enhance opioids and addictions services, create additional housing, and build capacity mental health services.”
Local investments include:
Central Community Health Centre- $ 14,604 for:
o Opioids Addictions Treatment and Services
CMHA Elgin- $340,462 for:
- Mental Health and Justice - Supportive Housing (LHIN-managed)- $ 54,820
- Mental Health and Justice - Supportive Housing (ministry-managed)- $22,300
- Funding Increase for the Rent Supplement Supportive Housing Program- $ 54,394
- Early psychosis intervention- $ 40,000
- Mental Health and Justice - Mobile Crisis Teams- $ 70,574
- Mental Health and Justice - Post-Court Transitional Case Managers- $70,574
- Mental Health and Justice - Post-Court TCM Rent Supplements (ministry-managed)- $27,800
Additionally, another $746,813 has been invested in London-based care providers, including:
- Vanier Children's Services (London-Fanshawe)- $ 334,813 for:
o Child and Youth Mental Health
Lawson Health Research Institute (London-Fanshawe)- $ 412,000 for:
- Homes for Special Care Modernization
St. Joseph's London (London-Fanshawe)- 3 Beds for:
- Inpatient mental health beds
“These investments are part of our government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy,” said MPP Yurek. “Together, we will create a connected system of care with comprehensive wrap-around services to ensure that every Ontarian is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness.”
- Investments in mental health and addictions services is part of Ontario’s plan to modernize our public health care system, which relentlessly focuses on patient experience and better connected care, to reduce wait times and end hallway health care.
- The government has held 19 consultations across the province with mental health and addictions community organizations, frontline service providers, hospitals, advocates, experts, people with lived experience and people with experience in Indigenous mental health and addictions
- The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.