Ontario Investing an Additional $176M in Mental Health and Addictions ServicesPublished on October 14, 2020
Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, and Minister Tibollo announced that the government is providing an additional $176 million in annual funding to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19.
This funding is part of the province’s investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario’s comprehensive plan, Roadmap to Wellness, to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system.
COVID-19 has been challenging for many people and families across Ontario, especially those living with mental health or addiction challenges.
The increased funding will help address urgent gaps in care, enhance access to mental health and addictions services, create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas, including:
- Community-based services, including services for children and youth
- Mental health and justice services
- Supportive housing for individuals with serious mental health and addiction challenges, and who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- Community and residential addictions, including treatment and care for opioid addictions
- Increased supports for Indigenous peoples, families, and communities
- More hospital in-patient beds for mental health and addiction patients
As part of this funding, Ontario is making targeted investments in community and residential addictions including:
- $4 million for nurse practitioners for detox services to improve the medical management of clients who are withdrawing from substance use in residential withdrawal management facilities by enhancing access to a nurse practitioner;
- $8 million for addictions day/ and evening care to increase access to intensive non-residential addictions and substance use treatment services for youth and adults; and
- $3.5 million for in-home/mobile withdrawal management services to increase access to community withdrawal management services for hard to service clients, including those located in rural areas.
Continued real action will be taken across government to reach the goal of creating a comprehensive, connected and integrated mental health and addictions system where every Ontarian is fully supported.
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