Ontario Premier Doug Ford Provides COVID-19 Update | September 10
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Mental Health Funding
Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the Government of Ontario is allocating an additional $14.75 million to expand access to mental health and addiction services.
This funding is in addition to $12 million in emergency funds the Province announced in April for mental health and addiction supports to address the impact of COVID-19.
The additional funding will help community-based mental health and addictions programs meet increasing service demands, including:
$7 million to safely expand in-person mental health and addictions services to bridge current gaps brought on by COVID-19, including community-based services, congregate living and supportive housing;
$4.75 million to support culturally safe services for Indigenous communities, with a focus on children and youth; and
$3 million to expand virtual and online services including addictions supports, Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) and an online peer support community for mental health.
The Ontario government also announced an additional $2.9 million for eight research projects that aim to support Ontario’s response to COVID-19. These projects will focus on a wide variety of areas such as supporting the mental health and well-being of families and children, assessing the long-term health effects of COVID-19, the development of an app to better manage patient care and an evaluation of the effectiveness of wearing masks to block the virus.