TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
welcomes the Government of Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions
Strategy, "Open Minds, Healthy Minds", launched yesterday.
"We appreciate the attention that government is giving to mental health
and addictions with the release of the Strategy, and are pleased to see
that it addresses care across an individual's lifespan, with an
immediate focus on children and youth", said Glenna Raymond, President
and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and Chair of
the OHA's Mental Health and Addiction Provincial Leadership Council.
"Mental health care is not possible without the contributions of many
stakeholders. Only through the combined efforts of government branches,
working with providers, community partners and consumers can we improve
access for all Ontarians touched by mental illness."
In particular, the OHA is pleased to see a number of its recommendations
included in the strategy, such as the development and implementation of
a wait-time strategy for children and youth mental health services; a
strengthened role for family health care teams in providing mental
health and addiction services; and a targeted funding increase to help
community services respond more quickly to children and youth mental
health issues. We also strongly support the government's plan to expand
tele-psychiatry to provide enhanced access to mental health services
for children and youth in rural and remote communities.
"Ontario's mental health and addictions hospitals provide a range of
specialized clinical services in both hospital and community settings.
They are committed to supporting this strategy, and to working with
stakeholders from across sectors to ensure our children and youth
receive timely access to high quality, integrated services," said Tom
Closson, OHA President and CEO. "We look forward to providing input and
advice on the strategy to the government and its Mental Health and
Addictions Advisory Council, once it is established."
About the OHA:
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public
hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and
partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care
system for all Ontarians.
SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association
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Media Contact: Tami Harel
Ontario Hospital Association