TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Mental Health and Addiction Provincial Leadership Council welcomes the Ontario Government's announcement today regarding the second phase of the province's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
"On behalf of the OHA and our members, I applaud the government for making mental health a top priority," said OHA President and CEO, Anthony Dale. "Consistent with this announcement, the OHA has long advocated for a dedicated mental health and addictions champion. The establishment of the Mental Health Advisory Council is a great way to promote accountability and ensure the alignment of mental health initiatives."
The OHA is particularly encouraged by the government commitment's to expand housing supports which are fundamental to the journey to recovery for persons dealing with mental illness. The right community supports are also needed to ensure that alternate level of care long-stay mental health and addiction patients can be transitioned appropriately into the community.
The OHA was happy to see the government recognize the key role that supportive housing plays in helping people through recovery. Treating mental illness requires access to a range of supports beyond health care, such as supportive housing, workplace mental health programs, and improving the transitions between police and hospital emergency departments.
"Having a strong focus on mental health has and will continue to be critical to achieving the government's goal of providing the right care, in the right place at the right time," said Carol Lambie, Chair of the OHA's Mental Health and Addiction Provincial Leadership Council and CEO of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. "We are committed to working with the government to implement their strategy."
Ontario Hospital Association
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians.
SOURCE: Ontario Hospital Association
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