Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations in the Hamilton area to provide care closer to home for those who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) has been provided with $2 million in funding for 2014-15 to invest in local and regional high-priority services across the LHIN geography. Investments that will benefit citizens across the Hamilton include:
Hamilton Area Services
The next phase of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy includes $138 million over three years for community agencies to support improvements to mental health and addictions services, through Local Health Integration Networks.
Supporting mental health and addictions services closer to home is part of Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
Helping people early and when they need it most will improve the lives of many residents and families in our Region. By continuing to invest in community services, we’re helping to connect people with the support they need closer to home. These investments will improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness and addictions - and the families that help care for them.”
— Hon Ted McMeekin MPP
“This funding represents a significant investment that will enhance services for Hamilton residents facing mental health challenges. It will close service gaps and address specific population needs, helping to ensure that citizens in communities here and across the region have access to the promotion, prevention, early intervention, community support and treatment programs and services they need to get and stay well.”
— Michael Shea, Chair, Board of Directors, HNHB LHIN
For further information, please contact Hon. Ted McMeekin MPP 905-690-6552
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