“Mental Health is the health.” Minister Elliott announces $174M funding
May 08, 2019
Global Korean Post
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 announced that it is adding desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province.
The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.
On May 6, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by cabinet colleagues at CMHA – Toronto’s Routes Community Centre to announce an 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.
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 Elliott. “That’s why we’re taking a cross-government approach to solving Ontario’s mental health and addictions challenges. This funding will go directly towards services for patients and families and help reduce wait times, enhance opioids and addictions services, create additional housing, build capacity in child and youth mental health, support our men and women in uniform and add services for seniors, Francophones and Ontario’s Indigenous people.”
This year’s additional mental health and addiction funding will include:
- Providing children and youth with earlier and faster mental health and addictions help at schools and in the community;
- More housing support for people who are homeless and face mental health and addictions issues;
- New mobile crisis teams that will help police officers and other first responders manage sensitive situations when assisting people with severe mental illness; and
- Faster access to addictions treatment for all Ontarians.