Investing in Community Mental Health and Addictions Services Across Erie St. Clair

Ontario Connecting People with the Care They Need Closer to Home

Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton and Windsor/Essex, to provide care closer to home for those who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. Ontario is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.

The Erie St. Clair LHIN is investing $2 million for 2014-15 in local communities for high priority services, such as:

The next phase of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy includes $138 million over three years for community agencies to support improvements to mental health and addictions services, through Local Health Integration Networks.

Supporting mental health and addictions services closer to home is part of Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. It is also part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“We have all been touched by mental health and addiction challenges - whether through a friend, a co-worker, a family member or our own experience. By continuing to invest in community services, we’re helping to connect people with the support they need closer to home through settings that are more culturally appropriate and personal. These investments will improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness and addictions challenges - and the families that help care for them.” 

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“These investments send a powerful message to show that we are listening to our residents and our mental health and addictions service providers. The LHIN is taking a targeted approach with this provincial investment in order to ensure that our providers can help more people and that we are getting the biggest bang for our tax dollar. These investments will improve the lives of many residents and families by helping to ensure that those who need care receive it when they need it most.”

— Gary Switzer, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

For more information please contact Andrew Tompsett, Lead, Communications & Public Affairs, at 519-351-5677 ext. 3209 or at


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