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Ontario Election 2011 Vote4MHA Campaign. Sheela Subramanian, Policy Analyst Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance. 10 mental health and addictions organizations: Consumer/survivor Family member Community Hospital

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ontario election 2011 vote4mha campaign

Ontario Election 2011Vote4MHA Campaign

Sheela Subramanian, Policy Analyst

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance

who are we

10 mental health and addictions organizations:

    • Consumer/survivor
    • Family member
    • Community
    • Hospital
    • Children and youth
    • Addictions

Who Are We?

www.vote4mha.ca

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Addictions Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Ontario Association of Patient Councils

Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs

Ontario Peer Development Initiative

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

+Over 80 supporting organizations across Ontario

our goal

Make mental health and addictions a priority for the incoming government

    • Party leaders/candidates hear that MH&A is a priority for Ontarians
    • Parties say how they will address the issues
    • Voters raise MH&A issues in their ridings
    • MH&A as part of election dialogue

Our Goal

www.vote4mha.ca

why mental health addictions
Why Mental Health & Addictions?
  • Almost all Ontarians impacted
  • Costs are high
    • Economic costs are over $30 billion in Ontario
    • Social and human costs immeasurable
  • Critical gaps remain
    • Access to supports across Ontario
    • Wait times
    • Lack of leadership

www.vote4mha.ca

asks to ontario s parties

Ensure equitable access to mental health and addictions services and supports for every Ontarian

  • Reduce wait times for children and youth
  • Improve access to supportive housing
  • Establish strong provincial leadership to address MH&A across sectors and ministries

Asks to Ontario’s Parties

www.vote4mha.ca

1 equitable access to services and supports
1. Equitable Access to Services and Supports

Issue

  • MH&A services and supports are not available consistently across the province

Action Required

  • Invest in MH&A services to ensure access to core basket across Ontario to meet needs and reduce service gaps

www.vote4mha.ca

2 reduce wait times for children and youth
2. Reduce Wait Times for Children and Youth

Issue

  • 70 % of adults with a MH issue experience first symptoms before age 18

Action Required

  • Reduce wait times to ensure the MH&A system is responding to the needs of kids and youth in a timely way

www.vote4mha.ca

3 improve access to supportive housing
3. Improve Access to Supportive Housing

Issue

  • People wait too long for the stable and supportive housing critical to recovery

Action Required

  • Improve access to supportive housing

www.vote4mha.ca

4 mobilize leadership
4. Mobilize Leadership

Issue

  • MH&A involves multiple ministries and sectors, but coordination and leadership is lacking at gov’t level

Action Required

  • Put in place gov’t leadership to coordinate action across ministries and sectors.
  • Consumers, families and providers must be involved in all aspects of the system

www.vote4mha.ca

as an organization

Join the Network of Supporters

    • Over 80 orgs across Ontario
  • Speak to candidates – Election Kit
  • Local media outreach
  • Spread the word

As an Organization

www.vote4mha.ca

as an individual

Letter campaign

    • 2 minutes to write to leaders and candidates
  • Spread the word
  • Speak to candidates
  • Vote!

As an Individual

www.vote4mha.ca

www vote4mha ca

Questions?

www.Vote4MHA.ca

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