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Harper Government funding in Ontario Region to Address Prescription Drug Abuse in First Nations Communities

June 2012

News Release: Harper Government Working with Ontario First Nations to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

The Harper Government will invest $1.5 million in the areas of service provision and continuum of care; integration of services and enhanced collaboration among service providers; and capacity building, training and education.

In 2012-13 Health Canada will contribute an additional $2 million to support community-based programming in First Nations communities in Ontario.

This funding is in addition to the approximately $50 million annually which is provided to First Nations communities in Ontario to support mental health and addictions programming under various Health Canada programs, including: Brighter Futures; Building Healthy Communities; the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program; the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program; and, the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

In 2011-12, Health Canada committed an additional $1.1 million to directly support community-based prescription drug abuse programming in Ontario.

Total investments in mental health and addictions in Ontario
2011-2012 Mental health and addictions funding through Brighter Futures, Building Healthy Communities, the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program, and the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. *Does not include Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. $50 million
2011-2012 Special funding for 16 community proposals to respond to prescription drug abuse in Ontario. The majority of these projects are in Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Territory. $1.1 million
2012-2013 Mental health and addictions funding through Brighter Futures, Building Healthy Communities, the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program, and the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. *Does not include Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. $50 million
2012-2013 Funding to support initiatives to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse, and sustain long term mental health and addictions services, as outlined in the Trilateral First Nations Senior Official Committee (TFNSOC) workplan. $1.5 million
2012-2013 Special funding to support community projects to respond to prescription drug abuse in Ontario. $2 million