KENORA —The Ontario government is providing an additional$240,000 this year Lake-of-the-Woods District Hospital in Kenora to support nurse practitioner-led detox services.
This funding is being provided from $176 million allocated this year to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19.
This funding is part of the province's investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario's comprehensive plan, A Roadmap to Wellness, to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system.“Our government is enhancing access to mental health care for our community, particularly in light of increased demands during COVID-19,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “We are committed to support for our front-line workers, including the vital work done by nurse practitioners in detox programs as they make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Northwesterners.”
“This funding opportunity will provide an incredible enhancement to the Morningstar Center,” said Denise Forsyth, Director of Adult Community Mental Health at Lake-of-the-Woods District Hospital. “It is a step in the right direction –meeting the clients where they are at and providing consistent medical care to people who suffer from addictions. It will allow us to expand our care framework while we continue to provide quality care. We will look forward to continuing to build our service in collaboration with our clients, staff, and partners.
”The $176 million investment will help address urgent gaps in care, enhance access to mental health and addictions services, create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas, including:
•Community-based services in English and French, including services for children and youth;
•Mental health and justice services;
•Supportive housing for individuals with serious mental health and addiction challenges, and who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
•Community and residential addictions, including treatment and care for opioid addictions;
•Increased supports for Indigenous peoples, families, and communities; and
•More hospital in-patient beds for mental health and addiction patients.
As part of this funding, the province is investing in targeted community and residential addictions services including:
•$4 million for nurse practitioners for detox services to improve the medical management of clients who are withdrawing from substance use in residential withdrawal management facilities;
•$8 million for addictions day and evening care to increase access to intensive non-residential addictions and substance use treatment services for youth and adults; and
•$3.5 million for in-home/mobile withdrawal management services to increase access to community withdrawal management services for hard to service clients, including those located in rural areas.
"By making these investments, our government is making it easier for people to find and access high-quality mental health and addictions services when and where they need them," said Minister Elliott. "We're working across government and with system partners to provide long-term stability and investments in critical services to improve and modernize the system and close urgent gaps in care."
"We made a promise to the people of Ontario to address the growing frustration with capacity issues within our mental health and addictions system," said Associate Minister Tibollo. "Despite the additional challenges facing Ontarians during this outbreak, we are focused on increasing capacity and addressing wait times for services, so that Ontarians can get quality care and improve their quality of life."To enable Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new services and expand programs. The province has started to fill urgent gaps in care as identified by system partners.
This year's $176 million increase builds on the $174 million the government invested last year in more funding for mental health and addictions programs, bringing new base investments across the sector since 2019-20 to a total of more than $350 million.