Ontario is spending an additional $230,300 annually to improve mental services for children and youth in Halton. This funding is part of a province-wide investment of $6 million to hire approximately 80 new workers to help approximately 4,000 more children, youth and their families in Ontario each year.
Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario experience a mental health challenge and roughly 70 per cent of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. Early identification and intervention can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.
With the increased funding, the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) will create a new brief services walk-in clinic and hire four new mental health workers, including a new additional infant-6 consultant.
Lead agencies for child and youth mental health led local planning for the additional $6 million in funding supports, in 33 service areas across Ontario. This funding has been allocated to, and supports the work of, local, community-based, mental health services for children and youth.
Lead agencies work directly with schools, hospitals, and other community partners to make sure mental health services meet the needs of those who need them, close to home.
Every child and youth deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing mental health supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all of our children and youth can reach their full potential.
“ROCK is a recognized leader in providing innovative, family-centred mental health services in our community. This funding from the Ontario government will enable them to provide the right type of programs and services in the right places in order to promote positive child development and help children, teens, and adults live healthier lives.”
– Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville
“The services and programs provided by ROCK are an invaluable asset to families across Halton Region. I’m proud our government is recognizing their great work and is supporting ROCK as it expands to meet the needs of our children and youth.”
– Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton
“The new funding will help address and tailor services to local needs. Ontario’s vision is to provide services when and where they are needed – right in the community.”
– Tracy MacCharles, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services
“As the lead agency for child and youth mental health services in Halton, ROCK works with community partners to promote and achieve optimal mental health in kids and families. Thanks to new funding from the Ontario government, we are able to offer new and expanded services to meet the needs of children and youth in our growing community. This is ROCK’s first opportunity as lead agency to use funds based on where we’ve identified the need is most.
– Ron Rodgers, CEO, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
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