Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario is focused on addressing hallway health care and relieving pressures on hospital emergency departments and the criminal justice and social services systems in its 2019 pre-budget submission to the Ontario government.
In its submission, CMHA Ontario said the record $1.9 billion commitment from the provincial government presents a unique opportunity to sustain existing mental health and addictions services while also developing new evidence-based, cost-effective services.
CMHA Ontario highlights five priority areas for the mental health and addictions sector in the submission:
- A standardized core set of mental health and addictions services across Ontario, with focus on seamless programs and support from children to seniors, as well as enhanced substance use and addictions treatment programs.
- New investments for data infrastructure to enable better health quality improvement
- Direct investments in supportive housing
- Enhanced integration between primary care and mental health and addictions services
- Expansion of mobile crisis intervention teams
The submission stresses that investments must be directed to community-based programming to support Ontarians where they live.
For more details about CMHA Ontario’s key investment areas to help eliminate hallway health care, visit, CMHA Ontario 2019 Pre-budget Submission Addresses Hallway Medicine.