Province invests $3.3 million in local healthcare
BY DENNY SCOTT
Huron-Bruce MPP and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson visited the Huron Respite Network offices in Clinton last week to announce significant provincial funding for mental health and addiction services in her home riding.
In total, she announced that $3.3 million is to be funnelled into the area, part of the $3.3 billion investment the current provincial government plans to invest in mental health and addiction services over the next 10 years.
She said that she hears, time and again, about how people struggle with mental health and addiction, but are told they need to wait or seek treatment outside their communities. With the funding, that problem should be lessened.
Thompson said that mental health is a priority under the provincial government, led by Premier Doug Ford.
Organizations receiving funding include:
• The Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth – $93,917
• Family Services Perth-Huron – $6,500
• Choices for Change – $325,000
• Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance - $1,484,427
• The Canadian Mental Health Association Huron-Perth – $194,916
• Community Living – Central Huron – $6,500
• Grey-Bruce Health Services – $1,020,000
• Canadian Mental Health Association Grey-Bruce – $105,371
• Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services – $110,134
Representatives of several of the organizations were on hand, and provided details as to how the funding would be used.
Community Living – Central Huron will be able to take three families off the respite waiting list, for example, while the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance will continue to work with its outreach program, fostering co-operation with police, as well as focusing on mental health and addiction services.
Huron County Warden and Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn was also on hand. He explained that from his position at the county and as mayor, he knew that mental health is a major concern for Huron County, pointing to the need for groups like the Tanner Steffler Foundation to help keep those concerns front and centre.