Ottawa, ON – The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes the Ontario Government’s investment of another $65 million this year and $83 million for the following two years toward implementing its mental health strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds.
The new funding announced this week will go toward a range of recovery oriented community mental health programs that the government is framing as a second phase of its strategy.
The new funding is not only welcome news for mental health in Ontario and Canada, but I am pleased to see how strongly the five areas of focus in this week’s announcement align with the Changing Direction, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada.
Ontario’s second phase of new funding targets early intervention strategies, reducing wait times for specialized services, expanding supportive housing, promoting mental health and reducing stigma in workplaces and schools.
The province also announced plans to establish a new funding model linked to population need, quality improvement and service integration and created a new advisory council to monitor progress, on improving coordination of services and on the new funding model.
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are collaborating with hundreds of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental health problems and illnesses lead meaningful and productive lives. Together we create change. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
Glenn Johnson, Senior Media Relations Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada