Good News for Mental Health Research in Federal Budget

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Community Mental
Health and Addictions (OFCMHAP) applauds the Federal Government in recognizing
the need to support research that will help address issues facing some of the
most vulnerable people in the country.
    The Government of Canada Announced $110 million for the Mental Health
Commission of Canada to use for research projects that will be located in
Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Moncton. Each project will focus
on a distinct group of homeless people living with mental illness such as the
Aboriginal community, or non-English speaking new immigrants, or those with a
substance abuse issue.
    "This is an important step in recognizing the complexity of addressing
the needs of people with mental illness, particularly those facing substance
abuse issues", said Nancy Black, President of OFCMHAP. "Looking at the impact
of addictions on the homeless will build a better understanding of the
connection between mental health and substance use, as well as the role of
addictions in homelessness."
    "OFCMHAP hopes that all levels of government in Canada can use these
types of initiatives to help address housing and supportive housing issues,
and to develop a national housing strategy", said David Kelly, Executive
Director. "Improving access to permanent safe housing is a key factor in
addressing the needs of people living on the streets in communities across
    This research will also support the Commission's development of a
national mental health strategy, as well as its efforts to reduce the
discrimination faced by many people living with mental illnesses.
    The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs
look forward to working with the Commission and the government of Canada to
build a better system of supports for people with mental illness and/or
substance abuse problem.

    OFCMHAP works with over 220 addiction and mental health providers across
Ontario who recognize clients and their families as the core of their
organizations. The Federation envisions a community mental health and
addiction system that is accessible, flexible, comprehensive and responsive to
individuals, families, and communities.

For further information:

For further information: David Kelly, Executive Director, (416)

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