AMHO was present at Queen’s Park on February 25 as Ontario released its 2016 Budget – Jobs for Today and Tomorrow. While the 2016 Budget fails to provide any additional funding for the community-based mental health and addictions sector, it does make some specific announcements:
- Phase Two of Ontario’s 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, investing $16 million over three years, starting in 2014-15, to create 1,000 new housing spaces
- Providing $1.5 million to the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre in Ottawa to support the construction of a new 30-bed youth residential treatment facility
- Providing $2 million to 10 Indigenous organizations to engage with their communities and make recommendations on the unique mental health and addictions issues facing Indigenous peoples.
The Budget also included announcements about health care, supportive housing, ODSP, access to primary care, and retail alcohol policies.
Read AMHO’s entire summary here.