Today, the Minister of Long-Term Care, announced that after consulting with stakeholders, Ontario is extending the High Wage Transition Fund and the Structural Compliance Fund while it works on developing new programs to improve how long-term care is delivered in Ontario.
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Patients and families in growing communities like Uxbridge are receiving care in facilities with aging infrastructure and not enough capacity to meet growing demands. That's why Ontario is investing in hospital infrastructure projects in communities across the province to add more beds and help end hallway health care.
Ontario wants every child and young person in care to receive the quality of support they deserve. The child welfare system is facing challenges: too many children are confronted with obstacles and barriers that prevent them from success and far too many young people are struggling once they leave care.
Ontario is helping families, caregivers and communities recognize the risks of dementia, be prepared for incidents, and better ensure that seniors can live safely in their communities.
About 125,000 seniors in Ontario living with dementia are at risk of wandering and going missing each year. That's why the province is putting their safety first by providing nearly $ 600,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to deliver the Finding Your Way program.
Every year, 2.5 million Ontarians experience a mental health or addictions challenge. Ontario is joining Addictions and Mental Health Ontario to mark the province's thirteenth annual Recovery Month. This September, the government is building awareness, challenging stigma and recognizing the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities dealing with addictions.
Ontario is providing more comprehensive services for people who are seeking to quit smoking by transitioning telephone-based smoking cessation services in Ontario from Smokers' Helpline to the Telehealth Ontario platform.
Ontario is making major investments to expand home and community care to help end hallway health care and build more capacity in communities across the province.
Today theDeputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Hillcrest Reactivation Centre to announce that the government is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care services.
As a part of this investment, the government is providing $45 million for targeted innovative integrated care models in high-need areas.
In Ontario, about 14 per cent of high school students reported having seriously contemplated suicide in the past year and about four per cent reported having attempted suicide. It's an issue that touches the lives of thousands of Ontarians and their communities each year. That's why Ontario is adding connected mental health services for children and youth in schools, communities and health centres.
Across the province, there are more than 34,000 Ontarians waiting to get into a long-term care home, putting strain on the health care system and leaving residents waiting too long for the care they desperately need. The government is taking swift action and delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds in communities across Ontario.
Ontario's government is supporting students and their families when making requests to bring their service animals into schools and classrooms. Today, the Minister of Education; the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education; and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced a new policy directive in support of Ontario students with special needs to improve their access to service animals in schools.