Ontario is creating a central agency to oversee its revamp of the province’s mental health services.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says the creation of the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence will help build a co-ordinated treatment system.
She says the centre will standardize and monitor the quality of services across the province, likening its work to that of Cancer Care Ontario.
The centre is part of the province’s mental health and addictions plan announced today, which Elliott says will cut wait times and improve services.
She says the province will also provide access to cognitive behavioural therapy designed to treat people struggling with anxiety or depression.
That program will cost $20 million when it launches this spring and aims to treat 80,000 people in its first year.
Big changes coming to #mentalhealth in Ontario. @celliottability announces plans to help people get quicker, easier access to therapeutic services for anxiety, depression & other mental health & addictions issues in their community. @CityNews #onpoli pic.twitter.com/e7ashKGaoY
— Cristina Howorun (@CityCristinaH) March 3, 2020