Support for the first Mental Health Wait Times Strategy will
improve access to care
November 25, 2014 - The Ontario government’s next phase of its mental health strategy was welcomed by the province's
specialty mental health centres: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario
Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), The Royal, and Waypoint Centre for Mental
Pictured above: (L-R) Carol Lambie (CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care), Karim Mamdani (CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences), Premier Kathleen Wynne, George Weber (CEO, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre) and Catherine Zahn
"The strategy began with an important investment in the
early years and is now moving to a more comprehensive focus across the
continuum from children to those in late life. We know that prevention and
early intervention are critical. Building on this foundation, investing
in youth at the critical point of transition to adulthood and ensuring we have
the capacity to treat across the continuum will improve the lives of those with
mental illness and addictions," said Carol Lambie, Waypoint President and
That strategy includes investments to improve access and
reduce wait times at the four specialty mental health centres.
"It’s time for action on mental health. Building on the
work that has been done in other areas of health care, we will improve access
to care by measuring and improving wait times to critical services in mental
health care," said Dr. Catherine
Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH.
The strategy also calls for an investment of $16 million to
provide 1,000 more supportive housing spaces over the next three years.
"The journey to recovery demands integration and
collaboration among all sectors and investments in key supports such as housing
and employment which are critical to recovery. Today’s commitment to housing
will improve the quality of life of people with mental illness and increase
access to care," said Karim Mamdani, President and CEO of Ontario Shores.
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal, noted that
"far too many people who need care are not getting it and sadly many are
ending up in the wrong places like on the streets or in the criminal justice
system; we should be improving treatment capacity for people with mental
illness, so that no matter your age, location or other circumstances you are
able to access the appropriate care and supports."
The four hospitals are working together as part of the
Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Quality Initiative committed to improving
care, education and innovative research in mental health.
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For further information:
Kate Richards, CAMH
Media Relations: 416 535-8501 ext. 36015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurene Hilderley, Communications, Waypoint Centre for
Mental Health Care: 705 549-3181 ext. 2214
Nicole Loreto, VP Communications & Partnerships, The
Royal: 613 697 2000, Nicole.email@example.com
Andrea Marshall, Manager of Communications and Public
Affairs, Ontario Shores, 905 430 4055 ext. 6581