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New youth mental health funding, TL;DR version

Today the Ministry of Health announced new mental health and addictions funding, including more services for youth! Here's our TL;DR version:

The goal: Transform the system so everyone can access services that are:

  • equitable
  • high-performing
  • recovery-oriented 
  • consistent

They're doing this by: 

  • investing $140 million over three years (and then $50 million annually)
  • expanding currently funded psychotherapy programs (using evidence-based therapies, like CBT)
  • creating a standardized Ontario-wide psychotherapy program 
  • expansion of hubs where young people (12-25) can receive walk-in access to mental health, addictions, social and employement services
  • up to 1,150 additional supportive housing units for people living with mental illness and addictions, especially those who are homeless or at risk

“Today’s investment is a significant step toward improving access to mental health care.”
- Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Want to read more? Check it out here: https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/2/ontario-providing-faster-access-to-mental-health-services-for-thousands-of-people.html