Ontario connects residents in Hastings and Prince Edward counties to mobile mental health services

Mobile clinic provides community-based withdrawal management services to individuals living in remote, rural, and underserved areas

BAY OF QUINTE The Ontario government is investing $387,200 to connect people living in rural and underserved areas across Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to more accessible and convenient mental health and addictions care closer to home. This investment supports a mobile community-based withdrawal management clinic to bring specialized supports directly to people living with addictions challenges, where and when they need it. 

Through Budget 2024, this investment is part of the government’s $124 million commitment over three years to support the continuation of the Addictions Recovery Fund, ensuring people and their families have ongoing access to enhanced specialized services for mental health and addictions treatment.

“Transportation can be a barrier to people receiving the help they need. Through our investment in mobile service delivery, the Canadian Mental Health Association Hastings Prince Edward can meet people where they’re at to offer withdrawal management and increased access to other mental health and addictions supports within their communities,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte.

“I am proud to share that the Ontario government is continuing to invest in Hastings-Lennox and Addington.  This time it is for much needed mental health services,” said Ric Bresee, MPP for Hastings-Lennox & Addington.  “With the geographical landscape of Hastings County, providing these services in a mobile setting will bring much needed services to those who cannot access them otherwise.  With this funding, the Ontario government is supporting our residents and connecting them to care right in their home communities.”

This mobile clinic conveniently connects people to a team of service providers that travel directly to their communities, reducing the need for people to travel to find withdrawal management services. The clinic will coordinate with additional services and programs already provided by Canadian Mental Health Association Hastings Prince Edward (CMHA HPE), such as community case management, high support housing, and psychotherapy.

“Our government is continuing to make bold and innovative changes through the Roadmap to Wellness to improve access to mental health and addictions services that better reflect the needs of people and families experiencing mental health challenges,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This mobile clinic will bring high-quality community-based withdrawal management services directly to people in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, in the comfort of their own community.”

CMHA HPE is responsible for overseeing the operation of the mobile clinic and provides a continuum of community-based services for people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges across the region. CMHA HPE will continue to work with community partners to ensure the clinic meets the unique needs of the communities it serves now and into the future.

Lisa Ali, CMHA HPE’s Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the funding.

“We appreciate the government’s commitment to addressing inequities in rural mental health and addictions care in the communities we serve through this investment. The mobile clinic will not only remove barriers like transportation, geography and stigma but also improve access to services, decrease the need for crisis intervention, divert emergency department visits and enable people to receive compassionate mental health and addiction care close to their home.” said Ali.

Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions said the investment builds on the Province’s 10-year strategy to improve mental health and addictions services.

“Our government is continuing to deliver on the Roadmap to Wellness and connect those in need of mental health and addictions services to the care they need, no matter where they live,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Through the mobile mental health and addictions clinic, clients and families in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will have greater access to high-quality, evidence-based care in a setting where they are fully supported on their journey towards recovery.”

With Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care, the Ontario government is supporting enhanced mental health care through the Roadmap to Wellness for people and families in communities across the province – ensuring Ontarians of all ages can connect to the fast, convenient care they need closer to home.

QUICK FACTS

  • Roadmap to Wellness.
  • Budget 2024, Building a Better Ontario, the government is building on its work through the Roadmap by investing an additional $396 million over three years to expand, stabilize and improve access to existing mental health and addictions services and programs across the province.
  • Roadmap to Wellness and the Addictions Recovery Fund are delivering services to communities in Peterborough, Kenora, Niagara/Haldimand/Norfolk, Manitoulin Island and Hastings Prince Edward County.