Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Communities Across the Province

Published on May 07, 2019

MPP Donna Skelly says additional funding will greatly benefit Hamilton and surrounding community

 

Hamilton - 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. In response, the province is adding desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province.

Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly announced an additional investment of more than $1.6 million this year to support people, families and caregivers in Hamilton and the surrounding community 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 Skelly. “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, build capacity in child and youth mental health and add services for seniors, Francophones and Ontario’s Indigenous people.”

Here is a list of the organizations that will receive additional funding:

  • Alternatives for Youth (Hamilton Centre)-- $156,000 for:
    • Youth Residential Treatment and Withdrawal Management
  • City of Hamilton (Hamilton Centre)-- $95,000 for:
    • Community Addictions Services
  • De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (Hamilton Centre)-- $239,807 for:
    • Community Addictions Services-- $85,000
    • Opioids Addictions Treatment and Services-- $52,940
    • Peer Support Services-- $101,867
  • Centre de Sante Commnautaire Hamilton/Niagara (Hamilton Centre)-- $232,100 for:
    • Programs for Priority Populations
  • Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes (Hamilton Centre)-- $150,000 for:
    • MHU—Safe Beds-- $50,000
    • MHJ—Addictions and Withdrawal Management for Safe Beds-- $100,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association—Hamilton (Hamilton Centre)-- $306,353 for:
    • MHJ—Supportive Housing (LHIN-managed)-- $190,000
    • MHJ—Supportive Housing (ministry-managed)— $97,800
    • Funding Increase for the Rent Supplement Supportive Housing program- $18,553
  • Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. (Toronto) (Hamilton Centre)—$53,762 for:
    • Funding Increase for the Rent Supplement Supportive Housing Program
  • Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services (Hamilton Centre)-- $27,331 for:
    • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • McMaster Children’s Hospital (Hamilton Centre)-- $224,192 for:
    • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Lynwood Charlton Centre (Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas)-- $141,079 for:
    • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • St. Joseph’s Home Care (Hamilton Mountain)-- $8,433 for:
    • Funding Increase for the Rent Supplement Supportive Housing Program

“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 Skelly. “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.”

Quick Facts

  • 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.