Ontario’s “Government for the People” Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Niagara

“Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority.”                               – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West

A News Release from the Constituence Office of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted May 7th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

NIAGARA- 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.

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 Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “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.”

Funding allocations include:

Niagara Health System- 8 Beds for:

  • Inpatient mental health beds

Hamilton Health Sciences, West Niagara Mental Health Program – $ 122, 000 for:

  • Youth Residential Treatment and Withdrawal Management

Niagara Health System – $ 430, 981 for:

  • Opioids Addictions and Treatment Services

Regional Municipality of Niagara (Niagara Centre) – $ 161, 240 for:

  • Peer support Services – $58, 833
  • Early psychosis intervention- $102, 407

Gateway Residential and Community Support Services of Niagara (Niagara Centre)- $ 22, 770 for:

  • Funding Increase for the rent Supplement Supportive Housing Program

Centre de Santé (Niagara Centre)- $ 90,000 for:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health

Niagara Training & Employment Agency- $ 25,850 for:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health

Community Addictions Services of Niagara (St. Catharines) – $ 190, 000 for:

  • Youth and Residential Treatment and Withdrawal Management- $150, 000
  • Community Addictions Services- $40,000

Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara (St. Catharines)- $396,160 for:

  • MHJ Safe beds- $50,000
  • MHJ- addictions and Withdrawal Management for Safe Beds- $100,000
  • MHJ Supportive Housing (LHIN-managed)- $142, 500
  • MHJ- Supportive Housing (ministry- managed)- $73,300
  • Funding Increase for the Rent Supplement Supportive Housing Program- $30,360

Pathstone Mental Health (St. Catharines) – $182, 405 for:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health – $58, 833

“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 Oosterhoff. “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.”

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