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Ontario’s CMHAs call for significant funding increase to community mental health and addictions this Bell Let’s Talk Day
Jan 25, 2023
Canadian Mental Health Associations (CMHAs) across Ontario are calling on the province for a substantial, immediate and ongoing base funding increase for the community mental health and addictions sector on this Bell Let’s Talk Day.
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day is focused on committing to significant action to create positive change in mental health and addictions care. For Ontario’s CMHAs, a base budget increase from the government is the meaningful action required right now to improve the community mental health and addictions sector.
To meet the current and growing demand for community mental health and addictions services, each CMHA branch needs at least an eight percent increase in base funding as an immediate emergency stabilization investment.
For all CMHAs across the province, an eight percent increase is under $30 million. For the entire community mental health and addictions sector, this comes to $125 million.
A base budget increase will help CMHAs and other community-based providers address operating costs that increase annually, deliver more services, and reduce wait times while managing high rates of stress, burnout, recruitment and retention among staff.
Without a base budget increase to help shore up operations and cover operating costs that increase annually, CMHAs will have to keep making tough decisions on how to retain staff who are often underpaid, burned out and stressed while also providing much-needed services to the community.
- 66 percent of resignations at CMHA Ontario branches over the last two years have been salary-based.
- 1 in 4 Ontarians have sought mental health support during the pandemic.
- Ontario’s 2020-21 health budget was $59.8 billion. Of that, $1.56 billion or less than three percent was allocated to community-based mental health and addictions care.