Children’s Mental Health Ontario acknowledges that the Ontario government is developing a plan for children and adult mental health and addictions that prioritizes reducing wait times and early interventions. Urgent action is needed. The 2019 budget must include investments to end lengthy wait times faced by thousands of families seeking mental health treatment and supports, that will also save the government money by significantly reducing costly hospital visits.

We are very concerned about the reported repeal of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007 and the closing of the office of the Ontario Child Advocate, which provides children and youth with the right to voice their concerns about their mental health care to an independent advocate.

“For families struggling to find mental health care for their kids, it’s a crisis,” said Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. “We will continue to work with the government to improve the lives of families, children and youth facing mental health and addiction issues through better policy, access and funding.”