Overhauling mental health and addictions services
Today, 11 ministries across government deliver a patchwork of programs and services for mental health and addictions. The result is predictable and damaging: a confusing, hard-to-navigate system with far too many cracks for people to fall into.
We have to do better, and we can. Instead of tinkering with a broken system, let’s transform mental health care for the better.
Our changes for the better
A dedicated Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
Andrea Horwath and the NDP government will establish a dedicated Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. It will have one job: coordinating and building the integrated mental health and addictions services that Ontario needs, delivered close to home, consistently and comprehensively across the province.
We will update and implement the outstanding recommendations of the Select Committee. And based on the Auditor General’s 2016 recommendations, we will:
- Start measuring and publicly reporting wait times
- Develop an overall strategy to reduce wait times, including setting wait time targets
- Set a timetable for developing mental health standards
- Explore the need for new dedicated mental health emergency departments
Fighting the opioid emergency
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will declare a public health emergency, recognizing the scope and seriousness of the crisis and mobilizing resources across the province.
We will focus most urgently on harm reduction, to save lives now. We will expand the distribution of Naloxone and other anti-overdose medications, and support the establishment and operation of supervised injection sites and overdose prevention sites wherever they are needed. And we will listen to front-line harm reduction workers and people with lived experience because they are the experts — and the heroes who are saving lives every day.
Hiring 2,200 new mental health care workers
30,000 new supportive housing units
Expanding Ontario’s Dementia Strategy
Children’s Mental Health
Mental Health Supports in High Schools
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?