Ontario Investing in New Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic in Haldimand-Norfolk and Niagara

Published on November 05, 2021

Townsend - The Ontario government is improving access to high-quality mental health and addictions care for unserved and underserved areas in Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and the surrounding region by investing approximately $1 million in a new mobile mental health and addictions clinic (MMHAC). As committed through Ontario's 2021 budget, the government is creating four new mobile mental health and addictions clinics to provide a full suite of mental health and addictions services directly to individuals living in remote, rural and underserved communities across Ontario.

This mobile mental health and addictions clinic will help to protect Ontario's progress in the fight against COVID-19 by addressing the increased demand for mental health supports during the pandemic. As the clinic operates by bringing services via a clinical team that will travel to the communities that need them, it reduces the need for people to travel to find services and can meet more clients in more places. This is a critical investment, part of the government's plan to build a modern, connected mental health and addictions system to serve Ontarians of all ages, especially for those living in rural and remote communities that have identified gaps in mental health and addictions services.

"Through our government's Roadmap to Wellness plan, we are committed to breaking down barriers to accessing high-quality mental health and addictions services where and when it's needed," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

"This innovative partnership will help to bring needed mental health and addictions services directly to individuals living in Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and the surrounding areas."

The clinic will include a multidisciplinary team of mental health and addictions service providers, as well as appropriately trained social workers and/or nurse practitioners who can deliver a wide range of services, including intake and brief services, referrals to existing services, and psychiatric support and follow-up.

Community Addiction and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of Haldimand and Norfolk, which provides a continuum of community-based services for persons with mental illness and/or addiction concerns within Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, will be the organization responsible for overseeing the development and operation of the mobile mental health clinic in the region.

"Since the release of Roadmap to Wellness plan last year, our government's top priority has been to continue making critical investments that will fill urgent gaps in mental health and addictions care, reduce waiting lists and address extensive wait times," said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

"Through the development of the mobile mental health and addictions clinic, clients and families in Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and the surrounding region will have greater access to high-quality, evidence-based care, in a setting where they are fully supported on their journey towards recovery."

"The mobile mental health and addictions clinic will help improve access to high-quality health care for clients and families in rural Niagara," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"This clinic will include a multidisciplinary team of mental health and addictions service providers and is a key part of the four pillars of our government's Roadmap to Wellness plan."

Minister Tibollo, Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand Norfolk, and MPP Oosterhoff were joined at Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk in Townsend by Janice Gardner-Spiece, Executive Director of Community Addiction Services of Niagara.