Improving our Mental Health System in Ontario

Published on May 27, 2019

Woodbridge — Ontario's mental health care system is disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need. This leaves many vulnerable Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and access timely mental health care only when in crisis. Too many Ontarians wait 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.


In response, Ontario's Government for the People is adding desperately needed mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health centres across the province.


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.


"Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long Term Care. "That's why we're taking a cross-government approach to solving Ontario's mental health and addictions challenges. This funding will go directly towards services for patients and families and help reduce wait times, enhance opioids and addictions services, create additional housing, build capacity in child and youth mental health, support our men and women in uniform and add services for seniors, Francophones and Ontario's Indigenous people."


This year's additional mental health and addiction funding will include:
• Providing children and youth with earlier and faster mental health and addictions help at schools and in the community;


• More housing support for people who are homeless and face mental health and addictions issues;


• New mobile crisis teams that will help police officers and other first responders manage sensitive situations when assisting people with severe mental illness; and


• Faster access to addictions treatment for all Ontarians.


"These investments are part of our 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," Michael Tibollo, MPP Vaughan-Woodbridge.

"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."


Quick Facts
• Investments in mental health and addictions services is part of Ontario’s plan to modernize our public health care system, which relentlessly focuses on patient experience and better connected care, to reduce wait times and end hallway health care.


• The government has held 19 consultations across the province with mental health and addictions community organizations, frontline service providers, hospitals, advocates, experts, people with lived experience and people with experience in Indigenous mental health and addictions.


• The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.