The Ontario Government is adding five new mental health and addictions workers across the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to help local aboriginal children and young people get better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services.
Through the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, these new workers will provide counselling, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and a range of traditional health services, including traditional teachings and ceremonies.
This investment builds on other supports that are helping Ontario kids with mental health challenges access timely and high-quality services as close to home as possible.
"Helping aboriginal children and youth get the support they need to address their unique challenges is part of my plan to create a mental health and addictions system that is more responsive and tailored to the needs of children, youth and their families. Including building a detox and rehabilitation centre right here in our own community ,"said MPP Dave Levac.
Aboriginal children and youth represent the fastest growing population in Canada.
According to government officals, over 50,000 kids and their families will benefit from Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
New investments will grow to $93 million annually across Ontario at full implementation.
To learn more about the aboriginal child and your services please visit: www.children.gov.on.ca
Office of MPP Dave Levac