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Seven of Ontario’s leading mental health and addictions care organizations have come together in recent days to make two separate statements calling on the province to address mental health and addictions in its COVID-19 recovery plan.
In an Oct. 6 statement, the group – comprised of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, The Royal, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – shared details of a meeting with health minister Christine Elliott and associate mental health and addictions minister Michael Tibollo. The organizations expressed their concerns of chronic underfunding for the sector, and urged government to mitigate further issues in the fallout of COVID-19 by flowing $380 million in immediate funds this year as part of its previously-stated $3.8 billion commitment over 10 years.
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