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Mental Health and Addiction: Adopting Recommendations from the Mental Health Commission of Canada

WHEREAS one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem in any given year and the societal consequences of mental illness are expected to magnify;

WHEREAS the Canadian Mental Health Association indicates “there is room for continued improvement” in these areas following the new Health Accord;

WHEREAS recent clinical research supports the superiority of integrated treatment in achieving “abstinence or reductions in severity of alcohol or drug use, symptom reduction, hospital utilization, and other general outcomes”;

WHEREAS primary and mental health-care providers have an “interest in building collaborative partnerships”;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada adopt the policy recommendations contained in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Framework for Action (2017-2022) by further:

  • mobilizing key stakeholders to increase Canada’s capacity to deliver quality, evidence-based and integrated services and better meet the needs of Canada’s diverse populations
  • improving “focus on upstream efforts at all levels of care”
  • ensuring “timely access to high quality, evidence-based services equivalent to that available for people with physical illnesses, regardless of where they live or when they need them” and by supporting innovative research as well as improved data collection.

VICTORIA
YOUNG LIBERALS OF CANADA IN BC
COQUITLAM– PORT COQUITLAM
NORTH OKANAGAN– SHUSWAP
NORTH VANCOUVER
ESQUIMALT– SAANICH– SOOKE
COURTENAY—ALBERNI
WOMEN’S LIBERAL COMMISSION BC

Contact: Noah Miller
noaheverettmiller@outlook.com


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2 Risk Anlytica, “The Life and Economic Impact of Major Mental Illnesses in Canada” (2011), 6
https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/MHCC_Report_Base_Case_FINAL_ENG_0_0.pdf
3 Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division, “CMHA BC welcomes Budget 2017’s stronger focus on mental health and addictions,”
https://cmha.bc.ca/news/cmha-bc-welcomes-budget-2017-stronger-focus-on-mental-health-and-addictions/
4 Biegel, David E., Kola, Lenore A., and Robert J. Ronis, “Evidence Based Treatment for Adults with Co-occurring Mental and Substance Use
Disorders,” in Community Mental Health Challenges for the 21st Century, eds. Jessica Rosenberg and Samuel Rosenberg (New York: Routledge,
2012), 66-7.
5 N. Kates et al., "The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada: A Shared Vision for the Future." Canadian Journal of
Psychiatry 56, no. 5 (2011): 1.
6 Mental Health Commission of Canada (2016) “Advancing the Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Framework for Action (2017-2022).”

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