McGuinty government provides increased access to addiction and mental health services in Hamilton

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McGuinty government provides increased access to addiction and mental health services in Hamilton

Ministry of Health

HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 7 - The McGuinty government will provide increased access to treatment for women with addictions and people with a mental illness who have come in contact with the criminal justice system by investing an additional $2.4 million in capital funding to St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Our government recognizes the importance of mental health programs and that's why we're working to expand and renew the mental health care the people of the province need," Smitherman said. The funding announced today includes $1.4 million more for the construction of 18 interim forensic mental health beds at the Centre for Mountain Health Services site. The government is covering the full cost of the $3.9 million project. St. Joseph's Healthcare currently operates 18 minimum-secure beds at this site. "Mental illness has a human cost, often seen in contact with the criminal justice system," Smitherman said. "We're here today with our health care partners at St. Joseph's to help patients overcome the tragedy of mental illness." An additional $1 million in funding will go towards the renovation of a building that will become a 24-bed women's addiction treatment facility. The government now is allocating up to $1.84 million toward the total cost of $1.96 million for this project. "This new program will give women the support they need to overcome their addictions," said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, the MPP for Hamilton Mountain. "We promised to invest in treatment programs like this and we're following through." This new facility will be operating under a new program, Womankind, which the Centre for Mountain Health Services created through the merger of its addictions program and Mary Ellis House. "I would like to thank the government for funding these important capital projects," said Dr. Kevin Smith, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. "This support is enabling us to reach out into the community and provide the services that are needed." Version fran├žaise disponible This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.caFor further information: Members of the media: Tanya Cholakov, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154