Ontario Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka

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Province to Deliver More In-Hospital Support to 3,300 Children and Youth

Ontario is expanding access to mental health services that will help approximately 3,300 more children and youth each year in Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka get faster access to high-quality care.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie today to make the announcement.

This investment will enable the hospital to open a comprehensive regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program, including eight inpatient beds that can be accessed by up to 300 young people per year, a day program, and capacity for approximately 3,000 outpatient visits annually.

The new program will help reduce wait times for children and youth suffering from mental health challenges, increase the services available in the region and ensure that high quality mental health treatment can be accessed in one location. Services provided through the new care centre include prevention and health promotion, assessment, and specialized treatment based on individual needs ranging from moderate to severe and complex conditions.

Providing better care for children and youth with mental health challenges is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through itsĀ Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.

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