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Province Invests to Support Mental Health

and Addictions Supports in Schools

December 2, 2019

The Manitoba government is investing $4.4 million to enhance access to school-based mental health and addictions supports, beginning
in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Steinbach.  

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

This three-year investment will enhance existing school-based clinical teams with psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers.  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.

"On behalf of the Brandon School Division, I would like to express our thanks to our MLAs Len Isliefson and Reg Helwer, along with their colleagues, for listening and responding to the Board's pleas for additional support.  As Board Chair, I can honestly say that these specialized resources are much needed in our community, and will assist many students with diverse needs, allowing them to more readily move forward with their education."
                        Dr. Linda Ross, Chair, Brandon School Division Board of Trustees

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