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TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's new mental
health and addictions strategy, released today, was 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).
"Today's release of the strategy was an important step forward in
building a system of care right across the province for the one in five
Ontarians who will have a mental illness," said Carol Lambie, President
and CEO of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.
"We recognize that a multi-sectoral and coordinated approach is needed
to provide equitable access to high quality and timely care for
Ontarians, wherever they live," said Glenna Raymond, President and CEO
of Ontario Shores. Noting the important work that led to this strategy,
particularly by an all-party Select Committee of the Legislature and
the Minister's Advisory Group, all the hospitals are eager to pursue
next steps and implement the directions in the strategy.
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group,
noted that "the emphasis on the spectrum of care right across the
continuum, from hospital to community, is an important aspect of the
strategy - making sure clients get the right care in the right place at
the right time is critical".
Considering that the majority of mental disorders begin during childhood
or adolescence, the hospitals were particularly pleased with the
strategy's early investments in children and youth, citing the
dividends that these investments will pay later in life. "Ensuring
that our youngest citizens have the appropriate supports at home, in
school and throughout the community is the most effective way to
support mental health," noted Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of
The four hospitals, working together with other organizations right
across the province, are committed to high quality care, education and
innovative research in mental health.
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
For further information:
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