We need your help to secure funding for mental health and addiction

Nov 29, 2016 | AMHO News

November 29, 2016
Canada’s health ministers are in the process of negotiating a new Health Accord, and Canada’s first ministers are set to discuss this at a meeting December 8, 2016. Health Minister Jane Philpott has been given a mandate to increase access to mental health and addictions services through these negotiations.

The Canadian government has shown their preference to provide targeted funding for specific programs, such as the $3 billion they recently committed for homecare.

This is a critical opportunity for our sector to call for investments in MHA, one we cannot let go to waste.

We are asking AMHO members to use this letter kit to write their local Member of Parliament (MP) to advocate for significant federal investments in the mental health and addictions system.
 
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  1. Customize and adapt the letter below and attached. Feel free to send via e-mail or mail.
  2. Click here to look up your local MP and their constituency address/e-mail.
  3. Copy the Prime Minister, the Premier, the Federal Minister of Health, the Provincial Minister of Health and AMHO on your letter, using the contact information below.
  4. If your MP replies or requests a meeting, please share the response with AMHO. We are happy to provide additional member support.

Letter Template

[Insert on your organization’s letterhead]
[MP NAME]
[MP Address]

Dear [MP NAME],

Ten years ago a ground-breaking Senate report urged Canadians to take mental health out of the shadows.  The government established the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  In 2012, Canadians were presented with a national mental health strategy.

There have been significant campaigns aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and addictions.  We have been told that it is appropriate to ask for the help we need.  Schools, workplaces and communities have become mental health-literate.

Yet Canada has a poor record of responding to the needs of people with mental illness and addictions.

Compared to other high-income countries we spend far less of our health care budgets addressing these problems.  Countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and France spend well over 10% of their health care budgets providing mental health and addictions services and treatments.  Canada spends about 7%.

It is time for our actions to catch up to our words.

The renewed Canadian Health Accord is the place to start.

We believe Canada can commit to increasing the mental health and addiction proportion of health care spending from 7% to 9%. This funding will increase access to evidence-based treatments and services that Canadians need to turn their lives around.

We have a national mental health strategy, we know what works and we know what needs to be done.

We would be happy to meet with you or to host you for a tour of our facilities to further discuss how we can work together towards an accessible and comprehensive system of addictions and mental health care.

Sincerely,

[NAME]
[ORGANIZATION]

cc.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health of Canada
The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health of Ontario
Gail Czukar, CEO, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
pm@pm.gc.ca and/or justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

The Honourable Jane Philpott
Health Canada
Tunney’s Pasture
Postal Location: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Hon.Jane.Philpott@Canada.ca

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
2002-180 Dundas St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8
info@addictionsandmentalhealthontario.ca 

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier’s Office
Room 281, Queen’s Park
Main Legislative Building
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
kathleen.wynne@ontario.ca   

The Honourable Eric Hoskins
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
eric.hoskins@ontario.ca