Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long-Term Care MPP St. Paul’s

Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has said that “Investing in mental health care in North Simcoe will give people access to high quality mental health treatment and support, close to home. These two important investments will provide integrated mental health care for the community, and are yet another step towards transforming mental health and addictions treatment across Ontario.”

Ontario is increasing access to high quality mental health care services for people in North Simcoe, with support for a new wing at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) and a new outpatient facility at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Midland.

Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, was at GBGH’s Midland site on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, to announce Ontario’s investment in the two sites. Waypoint and GBGH will partner to serve patients requiring immediate treatment for sudden onset mental illness at GBGH, as well as those who need longer-term treatment, to provide better integrated care.

The new 16,600 square-foot wing at GBGH in Midland will provide acute inpatient mental health services for people in need of emergency mental health care. This facility will include 20 beds transferred from Waypoint, so that people can be better served with close access to emergency services, should they be required. The new wing is scheduled to open in March 2021.

Ontario is also supporting the construction of a new 40,000 square-foot Waypoint/CHIGAMIK facility that will have community mental health programs located together with CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre primary care services. It will house mental health services for patients transitioning from acute care at GBGH, with support such as employment and education programs, recreation therapy, and housing, social and community integration services.

Additional services provided by Waypoint will include community-based assessment, treatment and support for adults with serious mental illness. The Waypoint/CHIGAMIK facility will bring together comprehensive physical and mental health care services in the same location. It is scheduled to open in Summer 2019.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.