Ontario Adding More Mental Health Beds at Mackenzie Health

Investment is part of the government’s comprehensive mental health and addictions plan

VAUGHAN — The Ontario government is providing over $700,000 to add new in-patient mental health beds at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. This funding is part of the government’s comprehensive mental health and addictions plan Roadmap to Wellness. This plan is delivering high-quality care and building a modern, connected and comprehensive system to support those dealing with mental health and addictions issues.

“Ontarians in every corner of the province have felt the impacts of COVID-19. Increased periods of social isolation, coupled with the uncertainty of the future, have created added pressures, which can be difficult for people to handle,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge. “We will not waiver in our commitment to ensuring every person has access to the highest-quality mental health and addictions care that meets their unique needs. This investment brings us one step closer to our goal of creating a comprehensive, connected and integrated system, where everyone is fully supported in their journey towards mental wellness.”

“Now more than ever, it is critical that Ontarians have access to effective mental health and addictions services when and where they need them,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “We’re continuing to work with our partners to close gaps in care, expand services that support our most vulnerable populations and provide better more connected care in our mental health system.”

“We know that mental health is underserviced in our community,” said Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health. “Every day, the team that makes up the mental health program at Mackenzie Health does their utmost to care for patients, often when they’re at their most vulnerable. This funding provides the additional resources they need to continue to deliver the care our community needs.”

“Supporting the mental health and well-being of residents is vital to building strong, caring, safe communities. On behalf of York Regional Council and The Regional Municipality of York, I extend our appreciation to the Government of Ontario for their on-going commitment to expanding mental health services across York Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson.

"This funding will provide support at a time when it is needed most" said Thornhill MPP Gila Martow.

“Mental health impacts everyone of every age, from every walk of life.” said Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill. “Thanks to leadership of Premier Ford, Minister Elliot, and Minister Tibollo our government is creating three additional mental health beds at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital to ensure adequate care for everyone.”

“By investing in mental health services and expanding hospital beds right in our community, we are delivering better care for Vaughan and King families,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “We have significantly enhanced mental health funding for our youth and seniors — and today’s investment adds another layer of support for residents who are facing difficulty from this pandemic.”

“It is of particular importance that these new beds will support patients experiencing mental health challenges that require treatment and care that is more appropriately provided in a hospital setting. Families who have loved ones in these circumstances will be encouraged by this announcement,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville.

“The health and well-being of Ontarians remains our government’s top priority. These additional beds that are being provided to Mackenzie Health will add much needed support for the most vulnerable individuals in our community during these challenging times.” said MPP Michael Parsa, Aurora – Oak Ridges – Richmond Hill.

"As part of the government's Roadmap to Wellness plan, the $700,800 funding into York Region's Mackenzie Health will support 3 new in-patient mental health beds in this hospital," said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. "Mental health and addiction affect Ontarians of all ages in Markham-Unionville, York Region and communities across our province. The province remains dedicated to ensuring Ontarians have the care and support they need.

“’I'm very excited for what this investment will bring to the table for the people of York Region,’ says Richmond Hill MPP Daisy Wai. ‘Mackenzie Health, here in my riding of Richmond Hill, has received $700,800 for 3 in-patient mental health beds. As our area continues to grow, it is imperative that a corresponding amount of support and services are provided, so that healthcare remains accessible for all.’”

The beds announced today will support patients experiencing mental health challenges, including those who are experiencing a mental health crisis that require treatment and care that is more appropriately provided in a hospital setting. These new beds build on the 52 additional in-patient mental health beds that the province created in 2019 to address critical gaps in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system and provide more people and families with high-quality mental health care closer to home.

The province is also providing several additional investments to ensure Ontarians have the mental health and addictions care they need, including:

  • $1.1 million to support the operations of the Baycrest Hospital Behavioural Neurology Unit, which provides 20 in-patient mental health beds for individuals diagnosed with dementia and who have exhibited significant behavioural symptoms. This program also includes supports for families and caregivers, in addition to facilitating a patient’s smooth transition from the hospital back into their community.
  • Up to $164,000 in additional funding to support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Wellbeing in Later-Life education and awareness program for seniors. This program will provide training for health care and support staff working within retirement homes and long-term care homes to increase their understanding and awareness of the mental health challenges and unique needs of older adults for whom they care. This program will also integrate anti-racism, anti-oppression and inclusive principles into the facilitator training and workshop materials to ensure a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.
  • Enhanced support to the Seniors Safety Line with an additional investment of up to $130,000 to hire and train more operators to address the higher call volumes generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Up to $194 million in additional emergency mental health and addictions funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has expanded existing services and created new services, such as virtual tools and counselling.

QUICK FACTS

  • To enable Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to fill urgent gaps in mental health and addictions care, create new services and expand programs.
  • The government is investing $176 million in 2020-2021 to create a connected, comprehensive and integrated mental health and addictions system as part of the Roadmap to Wellness. This investment builds on the $174 million that Ontario invested last year, bringing new base investments across the sector since 2019-20 to a total of more than $350 million in mental health and addictions programs.
  • The emergency COVID-19 funding for mental health and addictions has already helped over 50,000 Ontarians continue to access the services they need during these challenging times.
  • To find the right mental health and addictions supports for you, visit COVID-19: Support for People to find information about the many available, confidential and free options.
  • Mackenzie Health’s inpatient mental health program is currently located at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. When Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital fully opens to the support the community, the inpatient mental health program will be relocated there to provide members of our community in need of mental health care with enhanced access to expert and compassionate care.

Media Contact:

Lorena Stellato

MPP Michael Tibollo’s Constituency Office

Lorena.Stellato@pc.ola.org

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