Ontario Continuing to Build a Connected Mental Health and Addictions Treatment System
Ontario's Government for the People is putting patients at the centre of our integrated health care system. As part of this commitment the Government of Ontario is ensuring those struggling with drug addiction can connect with full wrap-round supports for treatment and rehabilitation services, by approving 15 Consumption and Treatment Services sites in communities with high need and will continue to accept applications from interested organizations.
"Our government takes the opioids crisis very seriously," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "That's why we've created a new Consumption and Treatment Services model that will continue to save lives by preventing overdoses and connecting people to primary care, treatment, rehabilitation, and other health and social services to ensure those struggling with drug addiction get the help they need."
To support building a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions treatment system, Consumption and Treatment Services applications were reviewed against the program criteria, which includes:
- Addressing local needs
- Offering integrated wrap-around health and social services
- Providing evidence of community support and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing community engagement
- Considering proximity to other Consumption and Treatment Services as well as licensed child care centres, parks and schools
- Meeting accessibility criteria and laws
"This announcement is part of our commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to finally develop and implement a comprehensive, connected and integrated mental health and addictions treatment strategy, centred around patients, family and caregivers," said Elliott. "We will continue to make mental health and addictions a priority and work toward creating an Ontario where everyone is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness."