The Ontario government is investing up to $200,000 to support the planning and development of the new York Region Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Hub.
The Crisis Hub includes the Canadian Mental Health Association's York Region and South Simcoe branch located on Victoria Street in Alliston.
In addition to services already provided the Crisis Hub will improve access to mental health and addictions services in the region and better connect patients to community supports.
The Hub will serve as a 24 / 7 resource for people experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis and will provide an alternative option to hospital emergency departments.
“The York Region Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Hub will make a significant difference for our community in York Region by targeting specific gaps in mental health and addictions services,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health for Ontario and MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “Supporting innovative projects like this is part of our government’s plan to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system that offers Ontarians better access to high quality care, when and where they need it.” The province has made mental health a priority and earlier this year launched its Roadmap to Wellness initiative – a comprehensive plant to build Ontario's mental health and addictions system. This includes investments to create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas including the York Region and Simcoe areas. “The Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe, along with our health and social service partners, wish to express our overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the support to advance the planning for a mental health and addiction crisis hub for our community,” said Rebecca Shields, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe. “This hub will fill a critical gap by introducing specialized care for people in crisis, 24/7, making it easier to access and be directly connected to ongoing services. This investment truly advances our shared vision of mental health for all.” The York Region and South Simcoe branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association helps people learn how to maintain their mental health, look for and identify the signs of mental illness, and get help and support when they need it.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times