June 8, 2018, Toronto, ON: Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is pleased to welcome Doug Ford as Ontario’s next Premier. Due to the increase in demand, long wait times and a shortage of services facing Ontario families, child and youth mental health was one of the biggest issues addressed during the 2018 Ontario election campaign and was identified in all major political party platforms.The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, which will now form a majority government, included a pledge to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years in mental health, addictions and housing supports. Ford also stated during his campaign that his party will work closely with CMHO when deciding how to allocate this funding.
“We look forward to working with Ontario's next Premier, Doug Ford, and all Ontario MPPs, to reduce wait times for child and youth mental health services,” said Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. “A lack of adequate funding for more than a decade, to meet the demand for child and youth mental health services, has led to a crisis. We are hopeful that the change in government will also bring a change to kids waiting for what is often life-saving mental health treatment. As Ontario's largest provider of child and youth mental health and addictions services, we understand what needs to be done and have developed innovative programs that, with increased funding, can help children and youth right away. Increased funding and improved policy is immediately required to help the thousands of kids waiting for the right type of treatment, when and where they need it.”