MOHLTC (June 5): Ontario Supporting New Mental Health and Addictions Wellness Centre in Fort Frances

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Province Improving Access to Health Care for Indigenous People

Ontario is increasing access to mental health and addictions services for First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario with a new mental health and addictions wellness centre in Fort Frances, to help more people access the care they need closer to home.

In partnership with the federal government, the province is investing in a new program called Mino Ayaa Ta Win (Helping Ourselves Heal) that will be run by Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services and will serve people in 10 surrounding First Nations communities. The program will reduce the need for people in Fort Frances and the Rainy River District to travel in order to receive culturally appropriate treatment and medically supervised detox services.

The program will be delivered at a newly renovated facility in Fort Frances that will provide:

  • Holistic adult mental health counseling, substance use disorder services and treatment, and cultural and community support services
  • Onsite mental health and addictions counsellors who will monitor, supervise and counsel up to 195 people per year
  • 10 treatment beds serving up to 16 people per month.

As part of The Journey Together: Ontario's Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Ontario is investing in Indigenous Mental Health and Addictions Treatment and Healing Centres, by working with Indigenous partners to support culturally appropriate health care and wellness in Indigenous communities. This also aligns with Ontario's First Nations Health Action Plan to ensure Indigenous people have access to more culturally appropriate care and improved outcomes.

Improving access to health services through Mino Ayaa Ta Win (Helping Ourselves Heal) is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing almost $2 million in one-time funding over five years for the Mino Ayaa Ta Win (Helping Ourselves Heal) program. The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the North West Local Health Integration Network and Health Canada.
  • The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples outlines the province's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
  • Ontario’s First Nations Health Action Plan is investing nearly $222 million over three years starting in 2016/17 and $104.5 million per year thereafter to ensure that Indigenous people have access to more culturally appropriate care and improved outcomes.
  • The North West LHIN is home to more than half of the 133 First Nation communities in Ontario, with 21 per cent of the region’s population identifying as Indigenous.

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