An investment of over $500,000 for mental health and addictions challenges has been announced for Parry Sound Muskoka.

MPP Norm Miller says the province will spend $564,000 this year to people suffering from these issues.

“Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority,” said Miller. “This additional funding will go directly towards services for patients and families to help reduce wait times, enhance opioid addiction services and fund housing for those living with mental health issues.”

The money is part of an additional $174 million in funding to help fill critical gaps in Ontario’s system to support patients and families living with mental health problems.

Miller contends that Ontario’s current mental health care system is disconnected. As a result families and patients struggle to get the services they need.

Too many Ontarians wait too long for the mental health and addictions services they need,” says Miller. “This fragmented approach to care is failing Ontario’s families and is simply not good enough.”

The $564,000 being invested in Parry Sound-Muskoka includes $320,000 for opioids addiction treatment and services, $100,000 for early psychosis intervention, and $52,000 for programs for priority populations including First Nations.

“These investments are part of our government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy,” said Miller. “Together, we will create a connected system of care with comprehensive wrap-around services to ensure that every Ontarian is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness.”