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Mental health should remain a top priority

As nurses, we recognize that child and youth mental health is a key issue for nurses.

In partnership with Children’s Mental Health Ontario, RNAO is calling for the following recommendations to be implemented:

1) Immediately shift the Mental Health and Addictions Nurses (MHAN) from the LHINs into interprofessional primary care teams and local child and youth mental health (CYMH) agencies.

2) Government must ensure that wait times for children’s mental health services are less than 30 days to stop the skyrocketing hospitalization rates for children and youth.

MHANs are currently employees of the LHINs that work in schools, and as a result, in some communities there is very little connection between the MHANs and primary care teams or CYMH agencies. That’s why RNAO urges the MHANs be transferred from LHINs into local interprofessional primary care teams and CYMH agencies, where they will continue to work directly out of schools on a day-to-day basis.

Moving MHANs to interprofessional primary care teams and CYMH agencies must also be accompanied by substantial investments to hire more front-line professionals to ensure children and their families can get the help they need in a timely manner – where they need it.

To read our full recommendations, please see our letter to the Ontario government.

Last Updated: 
2019-04-30