CALGARY, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada
welcomes Budget 2013's proposal to provide $119 million per year over
five years to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, with a new focus on
the Housing First approach.
"This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to
the goals and objectives of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada and
is a strong recognition of the MHCC's role as a catalyst for change,"
says MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley. The Mental Health Strategy
for Canada, which was released by the Commission in May of 2012, called
on governments to ensure that people have access to supports in their
community and that they expand the use of approaches such as Housing
Through government funding directed to homelessness reduction, the MHCC
has been working on a research project determining what works and what
does not for people who have been homeless and living with a mental
health problem or illness. Early findings from the MHCC's project,
known as At Home/Chez Soi, have shown that a Housing First approach can
be cost effective and improve lives. The Housing First approach in this case means providing people with housing, along with
support services tailored to meet their needs.
The budget also directly addresses the need for a culturally appropriate
continuum of mental health services and allocates funds to improve data
collection and reporting of mental illness and mental health, both
recommended in the Mental Health Strategy.
The Commission will continue to work with the government and the
Homelessness Partnering Strategy to transfer knowledge gathered through
the At Home/Chez Soi project, to better assist people and communities
ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for change. We are
collaborating with hundreds
of partners to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health
problems and to improve
services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental
health problems and illnesses lead
meaningful and productive lives. Together we spark change.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada.
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada. Production of this document is made possible through a financial
contribution from Health Canada.
SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: (403) 385‐4050
Cell: (587) 226‐8782