Children and Youth Mental Health Services, not a Priority for Wynne Government

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March 6, 2018

Children and Youth Mental Health Services, not a Priority for Wynne Government

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek called on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to address damage done to children and youth mental health services through years of underfunding.

“Over the past 11 years, access to children and youth mental health services has increasingly become more and more difficult,” said Yurek. “Demand for these important services has steadily been on the rise while funding has remained stagnant.”

The Auditor General has expressed grave concerns with the wait times children and youth are facing when seeking out mental health services. Unfortunately, the government has failed to act, resulting in a record numbers of families going directly to hospital emergency rooms in order to seek treatment.

“This is completely unacceptable,” said Yurek. “In London alone, children can expect to wait 224 days for counselling and therapy services, and 226 days for intensive treatment services. The families of Ontario deserve better,” Yurek continued.

Despite the damage done by this serious lack of funding, both the Liberal government and NDP have refused to match the $1.9 billion federal transfer for mental health services.

Later today, the Ontario PCs will move a motion calling on the government to do the right thing and make the largest investment in Canadian provincial history to help treat and support mental health.

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Media Contact:

Whitney McWilliam | P: 226-448-6741 | E: whitney.mcwilliam@pc.ola.org