April 30, 2018
Today the Ontario PC Party affirmed their commitment to mental health and addiction by matching the federal health accord dollars.
Too many Ontarians with mental health and addiction issues are not getting the help they need in their communities – and they are showing up in greater rates in our emergency departments, hospitals and justice system as a result.
That’s why mental health and addiction must be front and center in the provincial election campaign. With today’s announcement from Ontario PC’s, all three major parties in Ontario have made strong commitments to strengthen mental health and addiction services.
We’re happy to hear today’s investment will address mental health, addiction and supportive housing. It is an enormous challenge to recover without a safe and affordable place to call home. We work where change happens, and we see firsthand the power of the services and supports that help people improve their lives.
The province has received good advice about addressing service gaps, including the recommendations from the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council. Community-based addiction and mental health providers know what works, and are eager to share our expertise to scale up and build a comprehensive system for mental health and addiction in the province.
To read more about AMHO’s recommendations to invest Where Change Happens, click here.
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About Addictions and Mental Health Ontario:
AMHO represents over 220 addictions and mental health care organizations across Ontario. Our members provide services and supports that help Ontarians across the province, including counselling and case management, peer support and family support, employment services, residential treatment, withdrawal management, supportive housing and hospital based programs.
As the collective voice of our members, we provide leadership and engage partners to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care, and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario. We do this through policy work, advocacy initiatives, service development, knowledge exchange, education offerings and quality improvement work.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Gail Czukar, AMHO CEO, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs Officer
416-490-8900 ext. 229