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.
Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by cabinet colleagues at CMHA - Toronto's Routes Community Centre to announce an additional $174 million in funding to address the critical gaps in Ontario's system and to support patients and families living with mental health and addictions challenges.To ensure mental health and addiction 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.
This year's additional mental health and addiction funding will include:
- Providing children and youth with earlier and faster mental health and addictions help at schools and in the community;
- More housing support for people who are homeless and face mental health and addictions issues;
- New mobile crisis teams that will help police officers and other first responders manage sensitive situations when assisting people with severe mental illness; and
- Faster access to addictions treatment for all Ontarians.
- 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.
- The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.