Province launches new mental health strategy to improve access to services

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Ontario is creating a central agency to oversee its revamp of the province’s mental health services.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, the creation of the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence will help build a co-ordinated treatment system.

This centre will standardize and monitor the quality of services across the province, a lot like the Cancer Care Ontario.

The centre is part of the mental health strategies that will cut wait times and improve services.

The minister also promised that the province would 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.

This is a great start to tackle an issue that seems to be silently getting out of control. -CINEWS

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