17 May May 17/12 – Media Release: Mental Health Plan a Step Forward
Mental Health Care Report A Step in the Right Direction
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network says the new provincial plan for mental health care is a good step in the right direction. The plan addresses many of the concerns raised by the advisory committee and by advocates around the province.
“Mental health care is the number one issue we heard about in 9 town hall meetings we held over the fall and winter,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “The province has articulated a clear plan to begin to address the holes in mental health care.”
The Health Network is pleased to see action on mental health care in schools, and for screening programs for young children. The Health Network is also very pleased to see small investments in harm reduction, though this area needs expansion if we are to seriously address addiction as a health care issue, not a criminal one. The Health Network also calls on the provincial government to hold broad, public consultations on the implementation of the plan to engage communities directly.
The Health Network has concerns about the amount of money allocated for mental health care. While the department is increasing the budget is a meaningful way, the reality is that mental health care needs far more funding.
With the 2014 Health Accord coming up, and a meeting of the Council of the Federation in Halifax in July, Lee Seymour, Chair of the Health Network, says “Nova Scotia can show real national leadership on mental health care by calling for the federal government to step up to the plate and commit to a national strategy for mental health care as part of the 2014 Health Accord.”
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Cell – (902) 478-0239
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.