Ontario is Investing Billions in Mental Health Services

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The government announced it will be investing $2.1 billion over the next four years on improving access to mental health and addiction recovery services across the province.

The investment will make it easier for people to access services at local schools, family doctor's offices or community-based organizations.

This means:

  • Youths 24-years-old and younger will have access to therapy and counselling services.
  • Every high school in Ontario will get an additional mental health worker.
  • The creation of 15 additional youth wellness hubs.
  • If you’re suffering from mild to moderate anxiety or depression, you will have access to publicly funded structured psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy at your doctor’s office or a community organization.
  • 2,475 additional supportive housing units for those who require care in safe, affordable and appropriate housing.
  • Access to withdrawal management and residential and community treatment services for young people and adults living with addictions will be expanded, including services in every community and support for more programs and services that are culturally appropriate.

The investments will help reduce wait lists making it easier for people to access the care they need when they need it.

By 2021, you will also be able to quickly get a mental health and addictions screening, crisis counselling and referral services through a new help line – online, by text or on the phone.

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