Funding to expand emergency mental health and addiction services

July 21 -  Ontario will be providing more than $3 million to expand emergency mental health and addiction services at hospitals in Guelph and in Wellington County.
The following hospitals will be receiving new funding:
  • Guelph General Hospital (GGH): $2,416,300
  • Groves Memorial Community Hospital: $326,100
  • North Wellington Health Care Corporation, including Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospital: $326,100
The funding will enable these hospitals to provide timely crisis intervention, psychotherapy and support to patients and families. Patients who need daily crisis support will receive more dedicated care, while also getting faster access to community psychiatry services to shorten hospital stays.
This investment will ensure GGH will have a mental health nurse available 24 hours a day and it will also support new addictions counsellors. At Groves Hospital, Palmerston District Hospital and Louise Marshall Hospital, mental health assessments will now be available on evenings, weekends and holidays. 
GGH is also developing a new mental health urgent care centre where the goal is to provide needed services such as psychiatric consultation, therapeutic groups and medication administration in the evenings and weekends. GGH will be consulting its providers and patients as this new program is built.
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the continued and new investment to support emergency mental health and addiction services at Guelph General Hospital, Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Palmerston and District Hospital as well as Louise Marshall Hospital,” said Marianne Walker, President and CEO. “This investment will help some of the most vulnerable in our communities along with their families by introducing new vitally needed services and enhancing existing ones.”