Province Announces New Funding for Mental Health and Addictions Supports
October 7, 2020
The Province announced that it will provide an additional $176 million this year to help expand access to mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19.
The increased funding will help address gaps in care, enhance access to mental health and addictions services, create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas, including:
- Community-based services in English and French, including services for children and youth;
- Mental health and justice services;
- Supportive housing for individuals with serious mental health and addiction challenges, and who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
- Community and residential addictions, including treatment and care for opioid addictions;
- Increased supports for Indigenous peoples, families, and communities; and
- More hospital in-patient beds for mental health and addiction patients.
As part of this funding, the province is investing in targeted community and residential addictions services including:
- $4 million for nurse practitioners for detox services to improve the medical management of clients who are withdrawing from substance use in residential withdrawal management facilities;
- $8 million for addictions day and evening care to increase access to intensive non-residential addictions and substance use treatment services for youth and adults;
- $3.5 million for in-home/mobile withdrawal management services to increase access to community withdrawal management services for hard to service clients, including those located in rural areas; and
- Over $900,000 for an additional four inpatient beds at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to support capacity pressures at CAMH.