Ontario's healthcare system is currently spending millions of dollars each year providing emergency room, emergency shelter and psychiatric services to people with mental health and additions issues who have no fixed address.
"So many families in Ontario have been touched by mental illness and addictions - no one is immune. From our work providing support services we know that without adequate housing we will never solve the challenges of mental health and addictions in Ontario," said David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.
"It's time for concerted action on affordable housing. We urge all parties at Queens Park to support this comprehensive supportive housing plan which would result in stable housing for almost 30,000 people recovering from mental health and addictions issues, and cost savings for Ontario's healthcare system as high needs Ontarians move off the streets and out of hospital beds into affordable housing -a key stepping stone to good mental health and wellbeing."
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) is a provincial, not for profit association, representing 290 service providers from across the mental health and addictions sector in Ontario. The proposal is endorsed by the Ontario Hospital Association.
For further information:
David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer
Addictions & Mental Health Ontario
970 Lawrence Avenue, Suite 104
Toronto M6A 3B6
416 490 8900, 416-822-0712 or 1800 965 3307