Ontario Investing in New Centre for Brain and Mental Health Care

Source: 
Ministry of Health

As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing $27 billion over 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure.

Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by the Associate Minister of Mental Health, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, to announce that the province is investing up to $60 million to support the construction of the Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre, a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to brain and mental health at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Expected to be completed by December 2022, the new centre will bring together health care teams from across the brain sciences field such as psychiatry, neurology, imaging, neurosurgery and geriatric medicine.

As a provincial resource for mental health care and research, the centre will be the largest youth mental health service in the Greater Toronto Area and will include:

  • An expanded family navigation project to support youth aged 13 to 26 and their families find and access the care they need;
  • 12 new inpatient mental health beds (bringing the total number of beds to 48) that will provide more support for adults, youth and those who need intensive care;
  • A centre for youth bipolar disorder and a centre for anxiety disorders;
  • Neuromodulation services for those with severe medication and treatment resistant mental health disorders;
  • One of the largest Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinics of its kind in Canada;
  • The largest traumatic brain injury clinic of its kind in Ontario; and
  • Sleep disorder services and ambulatory clinics.

This investment is part of the government's plan to build a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients, which includes a commitment to invest $27 billion over 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure.

Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, which includes making investments and advancing new initiatives across four pillars:

  1. Prevention and health promotion: keeping patients as healthy as possible in their communities and out of hospitals.
  2. Providing the right care in the right place: when patients need care, ensure that they receive it in the most appropriate setting, not always the hospital.
  3. Integration and improved patient flow: better integrate care providers to ensure patients spend less time waiting in hospitals when they are ready to be discharged.
  4. Building capacity: build new hospital and long-term care beds while increasing community-based services across Ontario, including today's investment of up to $60 million to support the construction of the Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre.