TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - An alliance of mental health and
addictions organizations welcomed the Ontario government's mental
health and addiction strategy, released today, as a key step to
building better, more comprehensive care and support for people living
with a mental health condition or addiction. The Ontario Mental Health
and Addictions Alliance is working to place the needs of people with
mental health challenges and addictions on the agenda for this fall's
provincial election campaign.
"The strategy unveiled today helps build a foundation for more equitable
access to mental health and addictions services in Ontario," said
Glenna Raymond, President and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental
Health Sciences. "We look forward to hearing more about how we can
collectively work with government to further improve access to mental
health and addiction services across the continuum of care."
The government's strategy contains some key elements strongly supported
by the Alliance, such as:
Increased access to services for children and youth
Identification of core institutional, residential and community services
required at the regional and local level
A leadership structure that will ensure that mental health and
addictions stays on the government agenda.
"We are encouraged by the investment the government has made into
improving child and youth mental health and addictions care," said
Gordon Floyd, CEO, Children's Mental Health Ontario. "This strategy
will help ensure that young people get the help they need, when they
The Alliance will be looking to all political parties to make a
commitment to mental health and addictions in the coming election, and
is engaging voters across the province to get involved.
"There is currently an enormous gap between the need for mental health
and addictions services and their availability," said Deb Sherman,
Executive Director, Ontario Peer Development Initiative. "In the
coming election campaign, voters will expect to hear how each party
plans to change that."
About the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance (www.vote4mha.ca):
The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is a broadly based
coalition of provincial organizations from across the continuum of care
- from community to hospital services and consumer and family
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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