British Columbia government details $ 56 million in support for youth mental health
The BC government has expanded mental health and addiction services for youth as part of its 2021 BC budget.
After announcing the largest investment in mental health last week, the province detailed its investment of $ 56 million in new support for young people in fifteen communities in British Columbia.
350 new full-time workers will help support BC’s younger generation and their families, and provide them with access to services early on.
The province announced a model of care focused on integrated teams of children and youth in schools, intended to connect youth to other services in the community – such as early childhood services, primary care and childcare. specialized programs.
“So that families don’t waste critical time when mental health and addiction treatment help is urgently needed, we are adding new teams so that young people receive ongoing service at school, at home and at home. life, ”said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health. and outbuildings.
This model of care aims to reduce wait times, improve health outcomes and increase engagement in school.
The government is working with Indigenous partners and community organizations to build this system of care.
This investment is part of the $ 97 million announced in Budget 2021 to support child and youth mental health and substance use to further advance the Government of British Columbia’s plan, A path to hope.