Date Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012
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This year, the South East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will be providing mental health and addictions expertise to work with district school boards to address the needs of students with mental health and addictions issues.
Across Ontario, CCACs will be hiring 144 nurses as part of the Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The goal of the program is to provide mental health and addiction supports and services through an inter-disciplinary team involving district school board mental health leaders, mental health workers and CCAC mental health and addictions nurses for children and youth in Ontario's 72 publicly funded district school boards. The program will contribute to building school-based capacity to identify and respond to student mental health and addiction needs early. It is anticipated that approximately 9,000 students will benefit from this program.
"The success of this program hinges on fostering enhanced partnerships and connections to increase cross-sector coordination," says Jacqueline Redmond, CEO of the South East CCAC.
Funded by the Local Health Integration Network, the South East Community Care Access Centre helps approximately 12,000 individuals live safely at home and in their communities each day. We work with service providers as well as clients, their caregivers and families who all have a part in meeting the goal of helping people live safely in their own home for as long as possible.
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