Peel Dufferin Canadian Mental Health Association Receives $2.37M in Funding

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Brampton, ON – Ontario’s mental health care system is disconnected, making it difficult for
patients and families to get the care and services they need. This leaves many vulnerable
Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and access timely mental health care only when in crisis.

Too many Ontarians wait too long for the mental health and addictions services they need.
This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and is simply not good
enough.

In response, Ontario’s Government for the People is adding desperately needed
mental health and addictions services on the ground, in schools, communities and health
centres across the province.

MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria is happy to announce that the Canadian Mental Health Association
– Peel Dufferin Branch (CMHA Peel Dufferin) located in his riding, Brampton South, will be
receiving $2,375,700 to support people, families, and caregivers living with mental health
and addiction challenges. For over 50 years, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel
Dufferin Branch has been a pioneer in providing services for people with mental illness and
educating Canadians about mental health issues.

“Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority,”
said MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria. “This additional funding to CMHA Peel Dufferin will go
directly towards services for patients with mental illness and will help develop a strong
responsive mental health system in Brampton.

This investment is part of the additional $174 million in funding to address the critical gaps
in Ontario’s system and to support patients and families living with mental health and
addictions challenges. To ensure mental health and addiction service providers have stable,
long-term funding, the government will be making this additional funding available every
year.

Included in the overall investment of $174 million is nearly $30 million for child and youth
mental health services and programs across Ontario, as well as more than $27 million to
fund mental health supports in Ontario’s education system, which will directly benefit
schools, teachers and, most importantly, students and their parents.

“These investments are part of our government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over
the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health
and addictions strategy,” MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria. “Together, we will create a connected
system of care with comprehensive wrap-around services to ensure that every Ontarian is
fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness.”

QUICK FACTS
 Investments in mental health and addictions services is part of Ontario’s plan to modernize our
public health care system, which relentlessly focuses on patient experience and better
connected care, to reduce wait times and end hallway health care.
 The government has held 19 consultations across the province with mental health and
addictions community organizations, frontline service providers, hospitals, advocates, experts,
people with lived experience and people with experience in Indigenous mental health and
addictions
 The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a
comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.