Ontario Government Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Simcoe North

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Simcoe North — 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 is adding desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province. MPP Jill Dunlop announced an additional investment of over $710,000 this year to support people, families and caregivers in Simcoe North 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 Dunlop. “This additional funding will go directly towards services for patients and families and help enhance opioids and addictions services, create additional housing, and build capacity in child and youth mental health”

As part of this announcement, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is receiving $705,000 for Youth Residential Treatment and Withdrawal management, Opioids Addictions Treatment, and Peer Support Services. Additionally, Wendat Community Programs will receive an increase of $10,542 in funding for its 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,”commented MPP Jill Dunlop. “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.