Parents for Children's Mental Health

Parents for Children's Mental Health

March 29, 2011 18:48 ET

Ontario Budget Takes First Step to Deal With Crisis of Child and Youth Mental Health

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Parents for Children's Mental Health, a province-wide, non-profit organization applauds the first important step the 2010-11 Budget takes in beginning to address the crisis of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. 

On the heels of recent reports from the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, the 10-year Mental Health Strategy from the Ministry of Long-Term Health Care, and the Auditor General's report, child and youth mental health appears to have finally secured a place among the government's priorities. "Among experts, service providers and parents, there is an overwhelming consensus that the crisis of child and youth mental health cannot be ignored any longer. It appears the Government has joined that consensus," said Sarah Cannon, Executive Director of Parents for Children's Mental Health.

"Building a system of mental health services that is universally accessible to all Ontario families and delivered at the same high standards as medical services, will not happen in one budget," said Gabriela Wass, Director of Member Communications for PCMH. "But we are encouraged by funding increases and look forward to the details that are left to be released regarding how these dollars will be spent. We are particularly encouraged and hopeful that this budget will allow for family navigation services, as a family-centred approach is the key to designing and delivering child and youth mental health that will really make difference to the 10's of thousands of young people suffering from mental illness."

In the lead up to the fall election Parents for Children's Mental Health will continue to advocate for improvements to children and youth mental health services. "We will be approaching every candidate and all the major parties to ask them to make a commitment to comprehensive reform," said Sarah Cannon. "Today's budget sets the stage for a much stronger commitment from whoever forms the next provincial government."

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