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Ontario’s health accord with the federal government makes mental health a priority

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is encouraged by the landmark funding agreement between the Government of Ontario and the federal government which places mental health care as a national and provincial priority.

Over the next 10 years, the federal government will provide Ontario with an additional $4.2 billion, including $2.3 billion for home care and $1.9 billion in support of mental health initiatives.

The announcement highlights that investments in mental health care will focus on improving wait times for children and youth and reducing the number of people in hospital care who can be better supported by improved care at home and in the community.

These investments will ensure that more of the 20 per cent of Ontarians who will experience a mental health or addiction issue in any given year will get the help they need when they need it and will provide relief to an overburdened system. It is also a positive step in addressing the historical underfunding of mental health care in Ontario.

To ensure that the needs of people living with schizophrenia and psychosis and other persistent mental illness are met, SSO continues to urge investment in interventions such as early psychosis intervention, Assertive Community Treatment, case management and supportive housing. We also encourage investment in peer support and family/caregiver supports to ensure that these resources are embedded throughout the system.
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