Organizations laud budget commitments to support the most vulnerable in Ontario



    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Ontario's 2007 budget recognized the need to
support and expand addiction services in Ontario and contains an important
commitment to support many of Ontario's most vulnerable. These commitments are
welcomed by four of Ontario's leading mental health and addiction
organizations.
    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, the Ontario
Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP),
Addictions Ontario, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
today welcomed the provincial budget's commitment to allocate $7 million to
expand addiction services in Ontario. Commitment to increase capacity within
children's mental health care and the continuation of the government's ongoing
investment in community mental health will strengthen addiction and mental
health services in Ontario.
    "The commitment to expand addiction services is an important recognition
of the critical need for a sustained response to the needs of those with
addiction problems," said Catherine Hardman, President of Addictions Ontario.
    "Those of us who work in the addictions sector know that we must respond
to those who need our help," said David Kelly, Executive Director, OFCMHAP.
"The government's investment acknowledges the need to expand and improve these
services."
    "This budget continues a sustained commitment to community mental health
that has been an important achievement of this government," said Michelle
Gold, Senior Director of Policy and Programs for the Canadian Mental Health
Association-Ontario.
    "This budget makes important commitments to the most vulnerable in our
society, including those with addictions and mental illness," said Paul
Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
"Increased support for persons with disabilities and investment in Ontario's
addiction sector are necessary and overdue."





For further information:

For further information: or to schedule interviews, contact: Michael
Torres, CAMH, (416) 595-6015; Michelle Gold, CMHA, Ontario, (416) 977-5580
ext. 4131; David Kelly, OFCMHAP, (416) 490-8900 ext. 22; Catherine Hardman,
Addictions Ontario, (519) 271-6730 ext. 24


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