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Ontario Government Announces New Mental Health Hub in York Region

Newmarket, Ontario — In a significant move to improve mental health and addiction services, the Ontario government has announced the construction of a new mental health hub in Newmarket. This initiative aims to provide residents of York Region with easier and faster access to comprehensive mental health and addiction services.

Building on a previous investment of $200,000 for early planning, the province is committed to supporting the project’s design and construction phases. The new York Region Mental Health Community Care Hub is set to be the first of its kind in the region, offering expanded mental health and addiction support for both youth and adults under one roof.

Key Features of the New Mental Health Hub:

  • Comprehensive Care: Serving individuals aged 12 and older, the hub will offer a range of services for children, adults, and families.
  • Integrated Services: The model of care will bring together community partners, including hospitals, primary care providers, community organizations, and first responders, to ensure timely access to necessary care.
  • Crisis Support: The hub aims to connect individuals experiencing a mental health crisis with appropriate care outside of emergency departments. This includes coordinating drop-offs by police and paramedics, referrals from primary care and community partners, and accommodating walk-ins.
  • Crisis and Stabilization: Increased access to crisis and stabilization supports will be provided, including additional withdrawal management beds.
  • Culturally Appropriate Services: The hub will offer culturally appropriate support services, connecting more people to community-based mental health and addiction resources.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones emphasized the government’s commitment to improving mental health and addiction services across the province. “This new, innovative community care hub will ensure children, adults, and families across York Region can connect to the mental health care they need, when they need it, closer to home,” she stated.

MPP for Newmarket—Aurora, Dawn Gallagher Murphy, highlighted the impact of the new hub on the community. “Today’s announcement builds on our government’s commitment to drive down waitlists and get people the help they need sooner. Mental health is health – and I am proud of our team for recognizing the important role these supports play in people’s lives.”

The project is currently in its early planning and design stages, with the government set to issue a call for proposals this summer to award the construction contract.

Through “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care,” the Ontario government continues its efforts to make it easier and faster for individuals of all ages to connect to mental health and addiction support, primary care, and social services.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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