Improving Access to Mental Health Services in Ontario
Premier Attends Grand Opening of New Hospital Campus in Hamilton
Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, celebrated the grand opening of the Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare in Hamilton today.
The government has funded the $581 million construction cost of this new centre. It is designed to help do away with the stigma of mental illness by integrating treatment, rehabilitation, and education and research with other acute medical services.
The new centre will help patients and their families get better care by:
- Offering patients with mental health issues and substance abuse issues treatment for both at the same time;
- Increasing access to diagnostic and treatment services, forensic services, geriatric psychiatry and mental health rehabilitation;
- Providing additional medical services including diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, and programs dealing with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity.
Investing in community health care is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- The Juravinski Centre will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services – such as MRI and breast screening – that will help reduce wait times in the area.
- The centre will hire at least 400 new staff over the next six years.
- The government has 23 new hospitals built or underway since 2003.
“This new centre will break down barriers for those living with mental illness and is part of Ontario’s progress in offering world class health care in every community. I am proud to celebrate the opening of The Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare, and the role it will play in helping more people live fulfilling, independent lives.”
“St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a leader when it comes to reducing the stigma too often associated with mental illness and addiction. The new Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare is designed to treat mental illness as any other health issue and to make sure people can benefit from these services as a part of the community and not be isolated from it.”
“The Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare will be a healing place for the mind and body, but also a place of scholarship and learning. Our work will help those suffering from mental illness and addiction to recover, avoid stigma and enable them to return successfully to the community. It features access to inpatient and outpatient clinical and diagnostic services, which benefit the entire community.”
Dr. David Higgins