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  • April 08, 2015

Investing in Community Mental Health and Addictions Services Across Central LHIN

Ontario Connecting People With the Care They Need Closer to Home

Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations in York Region and South Simcoe County to provide care closer to home for those who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.

The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has invested $1.1 million in fiscal year 2014/15 to provide high priority services within local communities.  An additional $900,000 has been provided effective April 1, 2015. The services supported by Central LHIN include:

  • Programs to help residents bounce back from a mental illness such as depression
  • Case management and supports for residents of York Region and South Simcoe (Alliston, Bradford, Beaton) with mental health and/or addictions challenges to help residents manage their illness and sustain their recovery
  • Peer support to help people cope with their mental health and/or addictions challenges and help them to connect to other support programs and services such as: Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), employment preparation and life skills strengthening

The Government of Ontario is continuing to strengthen the Mental Health and Addictions care system. The next phase of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy includes $138 million over three years for community agencies to support improvements to mental health and addictions services, through Local Health Integration Networks.

Supporting mental health and addictions services closer to home is part of Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

“We have all been touched by mental health and addiction challenges - whether through a friend, a co-worker, a family member or our own experience.  By continuing to invest in community services, we’re helping to connect people with the support they need closer to home through settings that are more culturally appropriate and personal. These investments will improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness and addictions challenges - and the families that help care for them.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Creating a system that will support the recovery of people with mental health and addictions challenges in our region is a priority for Central LHIN. We are working with patients, their families, health service providers and partners to improve the health care experience for our residents. Together, we are creating an integrated, coordinated and efficient system of care and support that encompasses these investments, making it easier for patients with mental illness and addictions challenges to get the coordinated care they urgently need.”
— Kim Baker, CEO, Central LHIN

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closet available bed. This will mean shorter wait times for care, providing doctors, first responders and emergency departments with up-to-date information about available inpatient beds across the province. Currently, there are 4,700 inpatient mental health beds in more than 80 facilities across Ontario.
  • Approximately 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse problem at some point in their lifetime, with one out of 40 Ontarians having a serious mental illness.
  • By 2017, the government will have increased annual funding for mental health and addictions by a total of $172 million since it launched the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy in 2011.

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