Doug Ford Will Invest $1.9 billion In Mental Health
Matching federal funding will result in $3.8 billion for mental health, addiction, and housing supports
WHITBY — Ontario PC leader Doug Ford announced today plans for a major investment of $1.9 billion over 10 years in mental health, addictions and housing supports.
“It’s time to take mental health as seriously as any other form of health,” said Ford, “and with this investment we will. We’re going to make sure that those struggling with addictions or mental illness get the help they need.”
The $1.9 billion investment will be matched by the federal government, resulting in a $3.8 billion investment.
Ford revealed how this funding will build community capacity to provide evidence based care and support that will reduce pressures on hospitals and reduce wait times for services.
An Ontario PC Government will also work closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Children's Mental Health Ontario, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, to ensure value for money as it makes these investments.
“This investment is the right thing to do, for the people and for the families who need help the most. For those who are frustrated, who are looking for help, or are worried about a family member, and for those who are medical professionals, please hear me when I say help is on the way.”
Backgrounder – Mental Health
The Status Quo:
- Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario have a mental health challenge. It is also estimated that about 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth.
- It is estimated that people managing with mental health issues costs the Ontario government $39 billion a year.
- Reports highlight that youth, in particular, are increasingly turning to emergency departments and hospitals for mental health issues, largely due to the long wait times to access mental health services.
- In addition, mental health programs in Ontario are characterized as not well-arranged, not well-organized, and not easy to access.[4
- Despite acknowledgement of the lack of accessible mental health care services, over 15 years, the Liberal government has failed to adequately invest in mental health care in Ontario.
How We Will Fix It:
- A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government believes that patients deserve mental health services they can count on – it’s time to take mental health as seriously as any other form of health.
- That is why the Ontario PCs will invest $1.9 billion in mental health, addictions and housing supports over 10 years.
- The Ontario PCs $1.9 billion matches the Federal government’s $1.9 billion commitment to mental health in Ontario. This gives the province a total $3.8 billion for mental health, addictions and housing supports over 10 years in Ontario.
- This commitment will help build a comprehensive mental health system in Ontario that will help students, health care workers, and all those facing mental health challenges.
- This mental health commitment is also a part of the Ontario PC government’s commitment to reduce emergency room wait times, as Ontarians with mental health challenges often go to hospitals to seek care due to the lengthy wait times to access mental health services.
 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mental-health-ontario-campus-crisis-1.3771682; https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/report-calls-for-more-mental-health-services-for-youth-in-ontario/article35227860/