Ontario PCs Will Invest $1.9 billion in Mental Health: ClarkPublished on May 02, 2018
Matching federal funding will result in $3.8 billion for mental health, addiction, and housing supports
Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Ontario PC candidate Steve Clark is welcoming party leader Doug Ford's plan for a major investment of $1.9 billion over 10 years in mental health, addictions and housing supports.
“It’s time to take mental health as seriously as any other form of health,” said Ford, “and with this investment we will. We’re going to make sure that those struggling with addictions or mental illness get the help they need.”
Clark, who has championed the need for new investments in frontline mental health services locally, noted the $1.9 billion investment will be matched by the federal government, resulting in a $3.8 billion investment.
Ford revealed how this funding will build community capacity to provide evidence based care and support that will reduce pressures on hospitals and reduce wait times for services.
An Ontario PC Government will also work closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Children's Mental Health Ontario, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, to ensure value for money as it makes these investments.
“This investment is the right thing to do, for the people and for the families who need help the most. For those who are frustrated, who are looking for help, or are worried about a family member, and for those who are medical professionals, please hear me when I say help is on the way.”