—Ottawa, ON, December 20, 2016—
The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is very disappointed that the federal, and provincial and territorial governments could not find common ground on a multi-year health accord.
“We hope that yesterday’s outcome is a temporary setback that will lead to a sustainable agreement that both levels of government can support in the near future,” said Dr. Renuka Prasad, CPA President. “In absence of an agreement, long-term funding to support those who suffer from mental illness and their families will not be available.”
As part of the federal, provincial and territorial discussions, the CPA is supportive of targeted investments for mental health initiatives of $5 billion over ten years. This approach – which reflects the view contained in the report Mental Health Now! released by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) – can make a difference in improving access to evidence-based services. The CPA also supports measures that will improve the integration of mental health services into the health system.
“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.