Mental Health and Addictions Supports for Frontline Health Care Works in Vaughan-WoodbridgePublished on November 10, 2021
As part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, $12.4 million will be invested over two years to provide existing and expanded mental health and addictions supports for all frontline health care workers. This investment will support the workforce of the acute care, long-term care, and home and community care sectors in their efforts to provide high-quality care and service to patients, long-term care residents, and clients.
This funding will provide continued rapid access to the following expanded or new treatment options and supports specifically for this workforce:
- $5.9 million for a suite of mental health and addictions services for frontline health care workers through a number of hospitals, including self-referral and intake services, weekly online peer discussion groups, and access to confidential support from a clinician.
- $1.9 million for increased access to clinical psychologists specializing in trauma, mood, and anxiety disorders and other psychological conditions through the COVID-19 Psychological Support program.
- $4.6 million for workplace mental health training to provide frontline health care workers and workplaces with the tools to foster mental wellness, including training for management and leadership, frontline health care workers and non-clinical staff.