Additional investments by the South West Local Health Integration Network means residents in Stratford and area who are facing mental health and addictions challenges will now have more support.
This year, the South West LHIN will invest an additional $3.5 million in mental health and addictions agencies across its jurisdiction, which stretches from Tobermory to Port Stanley, and from Goderich to the eastern boundary of Perth County.
Recipients include the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), which will receive $90,000 for crisis response services.
The funding will also support enhanced addictions treatment through Choices for Change, as well as other community opioid addiction programs in London and Grey/Bruce.
“The investment that the government has made, I think, is really going to strengthen our ability to provide supports in the community for people facing mental health issues,” said HPHA CEO Andrew Williams, following the announcement.
The funding is part of an overall increase in support for the community service sector totaling $14.3 million. Funding decisions were made based on the Access to Care Strategy and mental health and addictions community capacity stemming from the LHIN’s recently commissioned community capacity report on mental health and addictions.
The report highlighted the need for an improved crisis response system for mental health clients in London. As a result, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), London-Middlesex branch, launched an enhanced mobile crisis response team in late October, 2012.
In addition to these increased investments in mental health and addictions services, the mobile crisis response team will enable local residents to have their crisis situation responded to more quickly and in a more appropriate care setting.