New Mental Health and Addictions Funding for Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Published on May 22, 2019

ETOBICOKE — As part of a province-wide commitment in supporting mental health and addictions services, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth announced an additional investment of $97,543 for the George Hull Centre for Children & Families this year to support people, families and caregivers in Etobicoke living with mental health and addictions challenges.

“Addressing and supporting mental health and addiction needs is a priority for me. This additional funding for the George Hull Centre’s important work is vital to ensuring that Etobicoke’s young people have access to the support they need."

To ensure mental health and addiction service providers have stable, long-term funding, the government will be making this additional funding available every year; and it is part of an additional $174 million in funding province-wide to address the critical gaps in Ontario’s system. Included in the overall investment of $174 million is nearly $30 million for child and youth mental health services and programs across Ontario, as well as more than $27 million to fund mental health supports in Ontario’s education system, which will directly benefit schools, teachers and, most importantly, students and their parents.

For far too long, Ontario’s mental health care system has been disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need. This forces many vulnerable Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and to access timely mental health care only when in crisis. Too many Ontarians have waited too long for the mental health and addictions services they need. This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and is simply not good enough.

“These investments are part of our government’s commitment to fix the disconnected mental health system in Ontario. We are investing $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy,” said MPP Hogarth. Together we will create a connected system of care with comprehensive wrap-around services to ensure that every Ontarian is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness.”