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More community support is driving the success of the province's mental health and addictions strategy, which is now in its fourth year.
Most of the 33 actions in the Together We Can mental strategy have been completed or are significantly underway.
A year ago, the province launched Nova Scotia’s first-ever mental health and addictions strategy, Together We Can.
The strategy put the province’s commitment to improving mental health and addictions care for Nova Scotians into action.
With this report, we are sharing an update on the first year of that work, and outlining the work for the years ahead.
5 Key Priority Areas
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Health and Wellness has released Nova Scotia's first ever government-wide strategy for mental health and addictions care called Together We Can: The Plan to Improve Mental Health and Addictions Care for Nova Scotians.
The five-year plan outlines 33 actions to provide better care sooner for Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addictions and their families.
Some of the key actions include:
The 2012/13 provincial budget contained $5.2 million in new funding for the first year of implementing the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Download Mental Health and Addictions Investments detail document.
Community Mental Health and Addictions Grants
Over the past three years, government has provided $2.6 million to 37 community-based organizations to improve the quality of life for Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addictions and their families. We are now inviting groups to submit a letter of intent for one-year Mental Health and Addictions grants for amounts of up to $150,000.
The community grants process was recently revitalized to make it more transparent and accountable helping to ensure the best programs are supported so they can deliver the greatest value to those who need help. The grants are a key component of the province’s mental health and addictions strategy, Together We Can.
Other funding streams will follow the same revitalized process. Those include Population Health grants, Municipal Alcohol Policy grants, and Community-based Gambling grants.
Come Together - Full Report and Recommendations
The Mental Health and Addictions Strategy was informed by the recommendations outlined in the April 2012 report called Come Together.