$1.5 million in annual funding will help expand access to and enhance mental health and addictions supports for children and youth in Northwestern Ontario
When children and youth experience mental health and addictions challenges, it can often have a significant impact on their family, and in smaller regions across the province, this can affect entire communities.
That’s why our PC government is providing over $1.5 million in annual funding to expand access to and enhance mental health and addictions supports for children and youth in Northwestern Ontario, including culturally-safe programs for Indigenous children and youth co-developed with Indigenous health partners.
“Our government will continue taking real and meaningful action, so that we can build a modern, comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system for all Ontarians,” said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “This investment will help improve the mental health and addictions care provided to children and youth in the North and will address the extensive wait times for critical services that have existed for far too long.”
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This funding will be used to hire up to six psychiatrists and help to develop a systemwide response to mental health and addictions challenges in the region through local community-based services, including culturally appropriate services for Indigenous children and youth.
Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue to expand access to mental health and addictions services across the province to ensure every Ontarian can receive the safe and effective supports they deserve – no matter their age or where they live.
Our government has always been committed to supporting Ontarian’s mental health and well-being. Today’s funding is in addition to:
- $3.5 billion over 10 years as part of Roadmap to Wellness, our plan to develop a connected and comprehensive mental health and addiction system, which includes a $1 million investment recently announced to support the CAPS program; and
- $194 million to immediately expand access to mental health and addictions supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.