SSO commends mental health investment, and urges greater supports for schizophrenia and psychosis
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) commends the Ontario Government’s recent investment in mental health treatments and supports, and Health Minister Eric Hoskins’ leadership in ensuring that people and families have access to timely mental health care.
Recently announced investments in supportive housing, psychotherapy and services for youth demonstrate the government’s continued commitment to improving access to mental health care. Expanding access to these evidence-informed treatments and supports will ensure more people get the help they need when they need it and will provide some immediate relief to an overburdened system. We also appreciate the government’s plans to expand access to psychotherapy in part by developing a provincial program with Health Quality Ontario, increasing capacity for service provision and eventual coverage through OHIP.
People with complex needs and their families and/or carers continue to experience barriers to accessing specialized care such as early psychosis intervention which, for many people, is essential to their recovery. As Ontario moves forward on mental health, we urge the province to target future funding to services and supports for chronic and complex mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Creating access to structured psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with psychosis is a critical next step.
To read the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s announcement, click here
For SSO’s 2017 pre-budget submission to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, click here