McGuinty Government Improves Access to Community Mental Health Services

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McGuinty Government Improves Access to Community Mental Health Services

Ministry of Health

Invests $350,000 In Toronto Community Mental Health Agency TORONTO, June 18 - The McGuinty government is improving access to services for people with mental illness in Toronto by investing $350,000 in renovations to Progress Place, a community mental health agency, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "For a long time, there has been a stigma around mental illness that has created a wall between people and the care they need," said Smitherman. "Our government believes that it's crucial that people who are mentally ill receive care in their communities, from people they know and trust." The funding announced today goes toward improvements at Progress Place, which include constructing an accessible main entrance, installing an elevator for those with physical challenges and seniors, as well as rebuilding emergency staircases. The Trillium Foundation provided an additional $100,000 toward these renovations. "This capital grant will enable Progress Place to realize its dream of a fully accessible building, a dream of ours for many years," said Allan Hymers, Chair of the Progress Place Board of Directors. "Progress Place is a warm and welcoming community of men and women recovering from mental illness. We will now be able to open our doors even wider. We are so grateful to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for their support and this wonderful gift." Progress Place provides a variety of community-based services including transitional job training and placement, affordable housing, active outreach to the community, social gatherings, and a peer support chat line. Progress Place turns away an average of 50 people per year because its building is currently inaccessible to people with physical disabilities. Earlier this week, Smitherman announced the government is investing $185 million in new annual funding to give people with mental illnesses better access to quality care in their communities. "We are building a responsive, accountable and accessible health care system that meets the physical and mental health needs of all Ontarians," said Smitherman. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154