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Manitoba Schools Receiving Additional Mental Health, Addictions Supports

December 2, 2019 10:58 AM | News

Kelvin Goertzen

Minister Kelvin Goertzen and other provincial ministers wait to speak as a group before a meeting with the federal finance and health ministers in Ottawa, Monday, December 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

The Manitoba government is spending $4.4 million to provide schools with additional access to mental health and addictions supports.

The funding will roll out first in the Hanover (Steinbach), Portage la Prairie and Brandon school divisions in the first two years of the project.

“This innovative initiative allows for enhanced access to supports prior to requiring a referral to other community services or regional health authority programs,” said Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

“These additional resources will reduce wait times for children and youth attempting to access supports at community clinics, strengthen inter-agency co-ordination, and provide parents and families with a voice and choice in the treatment plans for their children.”

In partnership with school divisions, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, regional health authorities and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, teams will provide mental health services directly in schools and support students with moderate mental health and addictions needs.

The investment is over a three-year period and is anticipated to be scaled up to 12 teams in the final year, based on the outcomes.