(BROCKVILLE) - Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark says Ontario's Government for the People is providing funding for desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province.
Locally, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health Services will receive $535,429 to support programs including $100,000 for opiods addiction treatment and services. Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville will also receive $54,475.
Clark says the funding is designed to improve Ontario's mental health care system, which is disconnected and too often makes it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need.
The result, said Clark, is many vulnerable Ontarians are left to navigate a confusing system on their own and can access timely mental health care only when in crisis.
"Too many Ontarians wait too long for the mental health and addictions services they desperately need. This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario's families and is simply not good enough," said Clark.
The local funds are part of the additional $174 million in funding announced by the Ontario government this week to address the critical gaps in the mental health system and to support patients and families living with mental health and addictions challenges.
In addition, Clark noted that to ensure mental health and addictions 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.
"We made a commitment that mental health and addictions would be a priority for our government and I'm so proud that we're keeping that promise," said Clark. "The additional funding we've announced will go directly to services for patients and families. That means reduced wait times, enhanced opiod addiction treatment and more capacity in our child and youth mental health programs for people in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes."
Clark noted the investments are part of the 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.
"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," said Clark.
- Investments in mental health and addictions services is part of Ontario's plan to modernize our public health care system, which relentlessly focuses on patient experience and better connected care, to reduce wait times and end hallway health care.
- The government has held 19 consultations across the province with mental health and addictions community organizations, frontline service providers, hospitals, advocates, experts, people with lived experience and people with experience in Indigenous mental health and addictions.