In previous weeks our Liberal government has made several announcements that will increase front-line resources to improve access to programs and services for those suffering from mental health and addictions issues.
“We are working to establish a responsive, accessible, and sustainable health care system for all Islanders,” says Premier MacLauchlan. “The health and the well being of those that make PEI their home is a priority for this government.”
These announcements have included new supports and program offerings such as:
Hiring of 4 New Psychiatrists
- Since the beginning of 2018, we have recruited 4 new psychiatrist to practice full-time on PEI – with the fourth arriving just last week. We continue to focus on recruiting 2 additional psychiatrists, bringing the complement to 15.
Expanding the Student Well-Being Program
- Building on successful programming in the Westisle and Montague families of schools, we will establish teams in all Island schools so that young people can receive counseling, education, and support when they need it.
Creating a Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Team
- A 24/7 mobile mental health crisis team will provide services at the community level. The new model will connect police and other first points of contact with health professionals when responding to a mental health crisis situation.
Our Liberal team sees the need for a unique offering of mental health and addictions services. As such, these programs build on previously announced initiatives including the mental health walk-in clinics – which have already helped over 600 Islanders – the seniors mental health resource teams, and the behaviour support teams for families.
“Improving patient care is our goal,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said. “We will continue to examine best practices, programs, and services to ensure that we are providing patients, clients and residents with quality health care.”