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  • March 20, 2015

Investing in Community Mental Health And Addictions Services In Hamilton Region

Ontario Connecting People with the Care They Need Closer to Home


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

  • $132,163 to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton to expand the Mobile Crisis Response Team in Hamilton, including additional police training and a mental health professional on duty with police to respond to mental health and addictions crisis situations.
  • $17,167 to De dwa da dehs Nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre to fund a Child and Youth Aboriginal Navigator position to help link youth with specialized mental health and addictions services.

LHIN-Wide Services

  • $62,375 to Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton Branch and $19,145 to Centre de Santé Communautaire Hamilton-Wentworth for a LHIN-wide expansion of existing, evidence-informed mental health promotion training for families, caregivers and other non-health professionals;
  • $131,349 to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton for the implementation of a LHIN-wide Mobile Outreach Team that will provide early intervention, advocacy and support for youths aged 17-24 and their families. as well as improve system navigation;
  • $176,212 to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton to enable capacity building for concurrent disorders, including funding for a LHIN-wide Concurrent Disorders Project Implementation Coordinator; and
  • $3,373 to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton for the training of healthcare professionals across the region in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

 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



  • Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closet available bed. This will mean shorter wait times for care, providing doctors, first responders and emergency departments with up-to-date information about available inpatient beds across the province. Currently, there are 4,700 inpatient mental health beds in more than 80 facilities across Ontario.
  • Approximately 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse problem at some point in their lifetime, with one out of 40 Ontarians having a serious mental illness.
  • By 2017, the government will have increased annual funding for mental health and addictions by a total of $172 million since it launched the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy in 2011.







 For further information, please contact Hon.  Ted McMeekin MPP 905-690-6552








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