CEARRA HOWEY The Standard
DURHAM: On Friday, May 24th, Durham MPP Lindsey Park, Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy, Whitby MPP Lorne Coe, and Ajax MPP Rod Philllips were in Oshawa, at Lakeridge Health’s Pinewood Centre, to announce $1,519,989 in new provincial mental health funding for three different agencies in the Durham Region.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham Branch will receive $46,804, Frontenac Youth Services, a children’s mental health centre in Oshawa will receive $240,000 and Lakeridge Health’s Pinewood Centre in Oshawa will receive $845,200.
The Pinewood Centre offers a variety of addiction and mental health services. The new funding the Pinewood Centre is receiving will go towards youth residential treatments, withdrawal management, community addictions services, Opioids addictions treatments and services, early Psychosis intervention and addictions and withdrawal management for Safebed facilities. Pinewood is also using the funds to add a full-time addictions counsellor.
The board chair of Lakeridge Health, Sharon Cochran, spoke during the announcement about the benefits the new funding will have for Lakeridge Health. “We are focusing on re-imaging the future for healthcare in the Durham Region,” said Ms. Cochran. She mentioned Lakeridge Health’s main focuses, “we have a focus on an innovative health system, we have a focus on our community partnerships, and we have a focus on healthcare improvements that matter the most.”
This funding announcement is part of a larger mental health and addictions investment by the Ontario Government. The Government will be investing $3.8 billion over the next ten years to develop and implement a broad and connected mental health and addictions strategy. “This is [an] historic investment and we are working hard to deliver on it,” said MPP Park during the funding announcement.
Ms. Cochran said, in closing to her speech, “we have a vision that focuses on the patient and it is one system, best health.”
MPP Park ended the announcement by saying, “together we will create a connected system of care, where every person in Ontario and across our region can be supported.”
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