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To: Doug Ford

Stop the cuts to Ontario's Mental Healthcare!

Stop the cuts to Ontario's Mental Healthcare!

We urge Premier Ford to halt his stated intention to shift mental health funding to policing. We urge the elected officials in Ontario to consult with mental health and community safety advocates to shape representative and equitable public policy.

Why is this important?

The people of Ontario are deeply concerned by Premier Ford's stated intention to divert mental health funding towards policing, in light of a mass shooting carried out by a mentally troubled person.

From the beginning of Ford's premiership, his promised investment of $1.9 billion in mental health investments over 10 years already represented a $335 million annual cut in proposed funding to mental health. [1]

From this already small proposed investment, Ford proposed shifting some of this mental health funding to policing. [2]

This shift in policy perpetuates the long-standing problem of using reactionary measures like criminalization to address mental health issues, when instead, proactive measures like mental health support are needed. [3] The proposed shift in funding will harm the people of Ontario who depend on already scarce mental health resources, while signalling to the public that state force is an appropriate substitute for accessible care.

[1] https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/26/tories-blasted-for-335m-cut-in-planned-spending-on-mental-health.html

[2] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-to-use-mental-health-money-for-policing-1.4759578
[3] https://www.researchgate.net/profile/J_Wormith/publication/19251180_The_Criminalization_of_Psychiatrically_Ill_People_A_Review_with_a_Canadian_Perspective/links/55b946f108ae092e965b313a/The-Criminalization-of-Psychiatrically-Ill-People-A-Review-with-a-Canadian-Perspective.pdf

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Public Advocates in support of strengthening mental health funding:
Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale-High Park

Community Organizations in support of strengthening mental health funding:
Warrior Women of Quinte


Reasons for signing

  • I DO NOT TRUST DOUG FORD TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE AVERAGE CANADIAN
  • Does petitions acutally work???
  • We have 2 young family members with significant mental health issues. It makes way more sense to intervene early and prevent future issues.How much does it cost the system to intervene as adults or later in the penal system. I also work with an organization ,Community Veterinary Outreach, who work with marginalized people many with mental health issues. There is science behind helping people before they end up in such distress they need deeper intervention, they die or committing criminal acts

Updates

2019-04-30 23:24:32 -0400

500 signatures reached

2018-07-27 14:28:34 -0400

100 signatures reached

2018-07-27 07:52:17 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-07-27 00:25:03 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-07-26 23:49:27 -0400

10 signatures reached