"The Effects of Mental Health and Addictions on our health care system
should not be underestimated"
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Recommendations on mental health care by
the Ontario government's Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public
Services, released Wednesday, were welcomed by the province's specialty
mental health centres: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
(Ontario Shores), The Royal Ottawa, Waypoint Centre, and the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
"We were pleased to see the recommendation on regional integrated care,
as well as a focus on specialized health facilities that have
province-wide responsibilities" said Carol Lambie, President and CEO of
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.
"We know that people with mental illness and addictions are trying to
access services in Emergency Departments, Family Health Teams and
clinics across the province. Increased system capacity for
comprehensive mental health care is critical," said Glenna Raymond,
President and CEO of Ontario Shores.
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group,
noted that "the emphasis throughout the report on the need for
coordination across the health system, from hospital to community, is
an important aspect to improving the care for those with mental illness
The report, which pointed to the historic underfunding of mental health
services, also reiterated the significant economic costs of mental
illness and addictions to Ontario and the ripple effects across the
justice, education and social services sectors. "It's time for a pan
government approach, supported by a provincial planning capacity in
mental health," noted Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH.
The four hospitals are working together as part of the Ontario Mental
Health and Addictions Quality Initiative committed to improving care,
education and innovative research in mental health.
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
For further information:
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Nicole Loreto, Chief Communications Officer, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group: 613 722-6521 ext. 6448 or Nicole.Loreto@rohcg.on.ca
Laurene Hilderley, Director of Communications and Fund Development, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care: (705) 549-3181 ext. 2214 or email@example.com
Susan Nakhle, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences: (905) 430-4055, ext. 6068 firstname.lastname@example.org