McGuinty Government Expanding Mental Health Services To Support More Children And Youth In Hamilton Area

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McGuinty Government Expanding Mental Health Services To Support More Children And Youth In Hamilton Area

New and Expanded Programs Will Help More Kids Receive Supports Locally HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 26 - The McGuinty government is strengthening mental health services for children and youth in Hamilton by investing in 12 local programs targeting a wide range of mental health issues, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Children and Youth Services and MPP for Hamilton Mountain, announced today. "These new and expanded programs will mean more services for more kids in our own community," Bountrogianni said during a visit to Hamilton's Child and Adolescent Services, which provides a range of assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families with behavioural and emotional difficulties. "This is part of our government's plan to help our children and youth succeed in school and go on to become healthy, productive adults." The government is investing approximately $500,000 in 2004-05 and more than $1 million in 2005-06 to create 7 new local programs and expand another 5 in Hamilton. This money is part of a larger investment of $13 million for community-based mental health programs across the province Bountrogianni announced on January 18, 2005. This overall investment will create a total of 113 new programs and expand a further 96 local programs across Ontario. Provincewide, these programs will help children and youth from birth through to young adulthood, targeting young people with social and behavioural problems, mental health and psychiatric disorders, and those already involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the youth justice and child protection systems. One of the new programs will be created at Child and Adolescent Services and will receive up to $124,000 per year, beginning April 1, 2005. The High Risk and Youth Justice Program will help children and adolescents with complex mental health needs who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the youth justice system. All local programs receiving funding were selected by a community panel of service providers, including children's mental health professionals, police, school boards and hospitals. Over the next few weeks, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services will be finalizing details with each of the service providers. "In our homes, schools and communities, the reality is that too many of our kids struggle with mental health issues every day," said Bountrogianni. "That's why our government is providing the biggest boost in a decade to these vital services." Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 26, 2005 STRENGTHENING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR ONTARIO'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH The McGuinty government is investing $13 million to create 113 new children's mental health programs and expand 96 existing programs to help more children and youth get the services they need in their own communities. This new investment supports the government's commitment to provide mental health services to more children and youth, especially those with the most pressing needs. The money will help individual communities tailor supports to existing and emerging local needs and form innovative partnerships to close gaps in service. Programs receiving funding cover a wide range of mental health supports for children and youth to help them access the services they need in an integrated, comprehensive way, right through young adulthood. The money is being invested in programs that target children and youth: - With social, emotional or behavioural problems, mental health and/or psychiatric disorders - At risk of suicide - Involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with, the child welfare or youth justice systems - At risk of chronic, long-term mental health problems - Diagnosed with more than one mental health problem and a developmental disability. The programs will help more children and families get the supports they need earlier on and help them transition between services so that they receive more integrated, comprehensive care. The government asked parents and representatives from a wide range of sectors in each community to work together to identify and reach consensus on local needs. Community representatives included: - School boards and hospitals - Police and youth justice workers - Individual practitioners and clinicians - Child welfare professionals - Agencies providing children's mental health services - Aboriginal/First Nations organizations - The francophone community. New Investments in Mental Health Services for Children and Youth in Hamilton ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Program Lead Agency 2004-2005 2005-2006 ($) and Beyond ($) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Complex Needs Children Rygiel Support 95,000 200,000 and Youth - Community for Community Accommodations Options Living ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Complex Needs Lynwood Hall 35,550 96,190 Children and Community Support - Wraparound ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Complex Needs - Family Catholic Family Support Program Services 21,515 53,810 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Community-based Community 68,287 200,000 Outreach including Child Abuse Community Trauma Council of Outreach - Francophone Canada Component ------------------------------------------------------------------------- High Risk and Youth Child and 3,000 124,400 Justice Adolescent Services ------------------------------------------------------------------------- High Risk - Alliance for Community 2,750 11,000 Sexual Abuse Program Child Abuse Council of Canada ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Community Resource COAST - 29,875 99,500 Support (Crisis St. Joseph's Stabilization) Hospital ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Street Youth The Good Shepherd 10,000 85,000 Centre Hamilton ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Early Interventions - Hamilton 14,000 70,000 Attachments Health Sciences ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Early Interventions - Hamilton 9,000 40,000 Parent Relief Health Sciences ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Early Interventions - Hamilton 16,500 70,000 Groups Health Sciences ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Complex Needs Response Hamilton 182,500 N/A Program Health Sciences ------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL $487,977 $1,049,900 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156