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Funding given for children’s mental health

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The Ontario government is providing $8 million a year for 30 new child and adolescent mental health beds to help children and teenagers at five Toronto hospitals, Health and Long-Term Care minister Elizabeth Witmer announced last week.

“Our government is committed to having quality mental health services available for young people who need them,” Witmer said. “These new mental health beds will benefit children and teenagers suffering from severe mental illness.

“And this investment will help to create a more integrated, effective, and efficient mental health system for children and youth in Toronto,” she added.

Each of the five hospitals—St. Joseph’s Health Centre, North York General Hospital, Toronto East General and Othopaedic Hospital, Humber River Regional Hospital’s Finch site, and the Centenary site of the Rouge Valley Health System—will receive $1.6 million a year for six new mental health beds for children and adolescents.

The funding includes enhanced emergency care for children in crisis, and transitional supports for patients moving out of hospital into community programs.

These hospital services will be provided in collaboration with community and residential services offered through the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

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