FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2017
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVCIES
NOT A PRIORITY TO WYNNE LIBERALS
QUEEN’S PARK – This morning PC Critic of Health, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London), questioned the Minister of Finance on excluding funding for children and youth mental health services in the 2017/2018 Provincial Budget.
“None of the new Federal Health Transfer funding earmarked for mental health was allocated for Children and Youth,” stated Yurek.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information has released new data that indicates that children, youth and families facing a mental health crisis in Ontario are ending up in hospital emergency rooms and in-patient care units at a disturbing rate.
Since 2006 there has been a 63% increase in emergency room visits and a staggering 67% increase in hospitalizations for children and youth seeking treatment for mental health and substance issues in Ontario.
“It’s unfortunate that the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Children & Youth Services did not stand up for our children. It is quite concerning that the Minister of Health believes the solution to children’s mental health is access to medications. Children and youth need access to supports, services, and capacity in community mental health centres,” concluded Yurek.
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