Children’s Mental Health Ontario agrees with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that "the health system has become fractured and disconnected, and as a result patients have been left to suffer on wait lists." CMHO and its nearly 100 member child and youth mental health care providers serving more than 120,000 young people in every region of the province, rural and urban, north and south, see this crisis daily.
We are reviewing in detail, The People's Health Care Act, 2019, introduced by the Ontario Government on February 26, 2019 to assess the impact on community-based child and youth mental health care, if passed. Children’s Mental Health Ontario is meeting with other health stakeholders and will consult with the Ontario Government to learn more and provide input.
CMHO already delivers mental health care through an integrated model of care and will support the improvement of the child and youth mental health care system by working with community partners, Ontario Health Teams and Ontario Health to implement the new Ontario system health changes with a goal to create a more effective and responsive mental health care system where children and youth, together with their caregivers, get the care they need where and when they need it.
We hope that the proposed new Ontario health system changes will help to end the wait that thousands of children and youth face for mental health care. We will continue providing input and are pleased that, if passed, the new legislation will make the Minister’s Patient and Family Council permanent. We encourage families to also get involved by learning about the policies and investments CMHO has put forward and that we believe will end wait times. Click Here for CMHO's 2019 Pre-Budget recommendations. To learn more about how you can join the Patient and Family Council Click here .