ONTARIANS ARE WAITING

Every year, local mental health, and addiction service providers support more than 300,000 Ontarians.

But many others continue to sit on waitlists or cannot access the help they need because of stigma or other barriers.

Ontarians deserve access to high-quality, publicly funded mental health and substance use care, whenever and wherever they need it.

The next provincial election is set to take place June 2nd, 2022,

and front-line substance use, addiction, and mental health care providers want to see all provincial parties commit to reducing wait times, addressing the staffing challenges in the sector and urgently responding to the overdose crisis.

We also want provincial parties to commit to working directly with mental and substance use health and addiction agencies and people with lived and living experience, to design the system of care.

74% OF ONTARIANS

are experiencing increased mental health and addiction challenges

42% OF ONTARIANS

have increased substance use or gambling

4,333 OPIOID RELATED DEATHS

since the start of the pandemic. With improved access to support and services, those are lives that could have been saved

Ontario’s monthly overdose deaths

HAVE RISEN BY 79% IN 2020

WE WANT TO SEE POLITICAL PARTIES COMMIT TO...

Implementing a strategy to address growing wait times for mental health, addiction, and substance use health services.

Including baseline funding increases to community-based care providers by 8% ($120M annually)

Developing and implementing a Health Human Resources plan to address the staffing challenges in the sector.

Including working towards wage equity to achieve wage parity with the hospital sector and removing compensations caps for workers on the front lines

Responding urgently to the escalating overdose crisis and the drastic rise in overdose deaths.

Including restriking the Ontario Emergency Opioid Task Force

Using a social determinants of health approach in designing and implementing mental health and substance use supports and services.

Including increasing the supply and access to supportive housing units and ensuring people with lived and living experience are actively engaged as partners in designing the system of care

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.
THERE IS NO TIME TO WAIT

Urge your local election candidates to make this a priority.

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About Addictions and Mental Health Ontario

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) represents nearly 200 organizations that provide front line substance use, addiction, and mental health support and services. Some of this work takes place in hospitals, such as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, but most are community-based providers, like Thunder Bay Counselling and Addiction Services Central Ontario.

AMHO members are on the ground in communities across the province, supporting Ontarians through their mental health and substance use health challenges by providing community-based treatment, counselling, structured psychotherapy, case management, withdrawal management services, residential treatment, peer support, family support, harm reduction supports, and supportive housing.