Ontario Providing New Community Mental Health Supports in London
2,000 More Beds and Spaces Available Across the Province
Ontario is improving access to mental health care for people transitioning out of hospital with new supportive beds in London - part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made available across the province this year.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital in London today to announce support for a new mental health transitional care project.
This project will help about 100 people who need additional short-term, mental health and addictions support and housing transition from hospital to home. Patients who benefit from this project will receive care from a team that includes a nurse coordinator, social worker and recreational therapist.
On Monday, Ontario announced funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province. This investment includes 48 additional beds and spaces at London Health Sciences Centre to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.
- Ontario is investing more than $1 million in a mental health transitional care project in London.
- The mental health transitional care project is a partnership between the South West Local Health Integration Network, London Health Science Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care in London and Canadian Mental Health Association in Middlesex.
- In the 2017 budget, Ontario committed $24 million in 2017-18 to ensure patients are receiving care in the right place. As part of this commitment, the province will provide $21 million to fund 22 projects for short-term, transitional care, and $3 million to help seniors in hospital who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with permanent housing and community support.
- Ontario is providing $140 million to make more hospital beds available and enhance home care services. This investment includes $100 million for hospitals to address increased demands for care, and $40 million for post-hospital and preventative care at home.
- The province is also encouraging people in Ontario to get the free flu vaccine, which is the best way to help protect against the most common flu viruses expected this season, and is available starting this week at health care provider offices, local public health units or at participating pharmacies across the province.
“These new community mental health resources will ensure people are supported as they transition from hospital to home. This investment means more people in London will have access to the care they need, when and where they need it.”
“Ontario is expanding access to care where people need it the most - in their own homes and communities. This London investment will provide support for those who need additional mental health services when transitioning from hospital to home.”
“This investment will make an impact on our health services and wait times in London, especially by creating additional mental health spaces in hospital and in the community. I am pleased that our government continues to invest in health services and home care.”
MPP Deb Matthews
“London Health Sciences Centre welcomes the additional investment in health care. Providing both high-quality and timely access to care is our top priority at LHSC. The increased bed funding announced today will help make a positive difference to our patients in both aspects.”