NEWS Monday, February 16th, 2016
Ontario is spending an additional $490,000 annually to improve mental services for children and youth in Peel Region, including Mississauga-Brampton South. This funding is part of a
province-wide investment of $6 million to hire approximately 80 new workers to help 4,000 more children, youth and their families in Ontario each year.
Lead agencies for child and youth mental health services led local planning for the additional $6 million in funding supports, in 33 service areas across Ontario. This funding has been allocated to, and supports the work of, local, community-based, mental health services for children and youth. Lead agencies work directly with other core service providers in their area, and together these organizations collaborate with schools, hospitals, and other local partners to support the mental health needs of children and youth in their community.
Located in Mississauga-Brampton South, Peel Children’s Centre, as the lead agency for the Peel Service Area, will be adding five new positions to Peel’s child and youth mental health system to support high-need, high-risk children and youth who are currently waiting for service. Of these five positions, one will be dedicated to providing service in French to francophone families in need of mental health services.
It is estimated that one in five children and youth in Ontario experience a mental health challenge and roughly 70 per cent of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. Early identification and intervention can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.
Every child and youth deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing mental health supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all of our children and youth can reach their full potential.
“This expansion of service in our own community will address the mental health needs of youth at a critical stage in their lives, helping them to be successful and to achieve their full potential.”
- Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga–Brampton South
“The new funding will help address and tailor services to local needs. Ontario’s vision is to provide services when and where they are needed – right in the community.”
- Tracy MacCharles, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services
“PCC and our partners are delighted by the Province’s commitment to child and youth mental health services in Peel. This additional investment will help ensure that more children and youth receive the help they need, when they need it, in their own community.”
- Humphrey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer – Peel Children’s Centre
MPP Amrit Mangat
Ceri Harden, Director EBD
Peel Children’s Centre
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