—Ottawa, ON, March 23, 2017—
The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is very pleased to see the federal government confirm its investments of $5 billion over the next 10 years dedicated to mental health initiatives across the country.
“We applaud the federal government for its leadership in recognizing the importance of investing in mental health,” said Dr. Renuka Prasad, CPA President. “This announcement not only reflects the growing needs of Canadians, but takes a step forward in building long-term capacity in the mental health system.”
While the details of a health accord remain to be confirmed, the CPA looks forward to working collaboratively with governments to advance the mental health of Canadians. In this light, the CPA welcomes investments to the Canadian Institute for Health Information ($53 million over five years) and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ($51 million over three years) to improve system accountability and advance innovative practices.
The CPA also welcomes added mental wellness resources ($118.2 million over five years) for First Nations and Inuit Health to improve access to culturally appropriate health care and mental health professionals.
The creation of a Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Mental Health Conditions ($17.5 million over four years, and $9 million per year thereafter) is applauded and recognizes the importance of treating those who put their lives on the line, every day, in defence of our country.
Finally, the CPA commends the federal government for adding $57.8 million over five years (and $13.6 million thereafter) to ensure that offenders with mental health needs receive proper care and expand mental health capacity for all inmates in federal correctional facilities.
“There is no health without mental health, and the CPA stands ready to work with governments, other providers and those with lived experience to ensure more Canadians receive timely access to the mental health treatments they need,” said Dr. Prasad.
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada’s 5,200 psychiatrists and more than 900 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.