Community-based mental health and addictions agencies like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are integral components to ending hallway medicine and relieving the pressures on hospital emergency departments and criminal justice and social services systems. CMHAs across Ontario offer holistic approaches to care, where clients receive appropriate clinical services as well as supports in areas such as housing and employment to address their social determinants of health. Many of our services are offered in partnership with other service providers and with multiple government ministries. A key focus of our work is to address the needs of Ontarians living with substance use and addictions conditions, offering rapid access to addictions medicine, withdrawal management and other treatments, services and supports.
In 2019, Ontario will have the benefit of tapping into an unprecedented investment in mental health and addictions care. A record $1.9 billion commitment from the provincial government presents a unique opportunity to sustain existing mental health and addictions services to meet the increasing needs of Ontarians, as well as develop new evidence-based, cost-effective services.
To help end hallway medicine, CMHA Ontario is calling for five priority investment areas in this year’s pre-budget submission.
- Provide access to a standardized core set of mental health and addictions services across the lifespan
- New investments for data infrastructure for better health quality improvement
- Direct investments in supportive housing
- Enhanced integration of primary and mental health and addictions care
- Expansion of mobile crisis intervention teams
To learn more about the five priority investment areas, please visit http://ontario.cmha.ca/2019prebudget/