The province’s Minister of Health saysvhe recognizes the importance of mental health and government funding for it.
Tuesday, during the Committee of the Whole, NDP critic Danielle Chartier asked Minister of Health Jim Reiter if mental health and addictions funding would be raised to seven percent, to which he said yes.
He stated that it is paramount to ensuring the already pre-established services in place run even better, as well as help to open up new treatment options.
“Even more important is having the right services in place and programs in place,” said Reiter. “We’ve increased funding overall for health care substantially in the last 10 years.”
“So that obviously increases the target for mental health.”
However, Chartier wasn’t completely buying the response, and, she says, there’s a lot of good reason behind that.
“The Sask Party government got money from the federal government for mental health and addiction services and is leaving some of that money on the table and bumping it forward to the next year,” she said.
Chartier said the funding is desperately needed in several places, including the children and youth and housing areas for those who are affected by mental health and addiction.
She noted the government needs to speak to those on the front lines to know how to properly disperse the funds to the areas that require it the most.