A pair of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches are involved in two of four new Youth Wellness Hub projects in the province that have received funding from the Ontario government to launch.
As part of a larger funding announcement from the province aimed to improve access to specialized mental health treatments, reduce wait times, and support the mental health of children and youth, $2.7 million in annualized operating funds were committed to the four new Youth Wellness Hubs slated for Guelph, Renfrew, Timmins and Windsor.
CMHA Waterloo Wellington is part of the Integrated Youth Services Network that will operate the hub in Guelph. CMHA Windsor-Essex County is partnered with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Maryvale, The Bridge and Windsor Essex Community Health Care, and will work together with youth and families to design a hub to meet the needs of youth in Windsor.
These new Youth Wellness Hubs are intended for people aged 12-25, will offer walk-in primary care and address needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, training, housing and other community and social services.