Ontario's Government for the People is Reducing Wait-Times for Mental Health and
Elgin-Middlesex-London, December 20, 2018 - Ontario's Government for the People
is investing in urgently-needed mental health and addiction services and engaging
with health care leaders, front line staff and people with lived experiences to
address the critical gaps in the province's mental health care system.
The first wave of direct mental health and addictions funding includes adding more
than 50 new mental health beds at 12 hospitals across Ontario. This includes St.
Joseph's Health Centre in London.
"Ontario's Government for the People is committed to ensure that each dollar goes
directly to services that will make a significant difference to patients," said
Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. "This immediate investment will help
lower wait times for those in need of inpatient mental health and addictions treatment.
It is especially great news for the London area, with a much-needed increase in
mental health beds at St. Joseph's."
Today's announcement is part of the government's commitment to invest $3.8 billion
over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental
health and addictions strategy.
Our government is also engaging with health care leaders, subject matter experts,
sector partners and associations, health service providers and people with lived
experience to identify mental health and addiction needs across the province.
"These discussions will help inform decisions as we move forward with finally building
a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system in Ontario," said
Elliott. "Our government is committed to an Ontario where patients don't need to
be in crisis to get the mental health and addictions treatment they need, when they
need it. We will continue to make mental health a priority and work toward creating
an Ontario where everyone is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness."