Ontario Updating and Repairing Community Health Facilities At Madison Community Services Mental Health and Addictions Supportive Housing Property
Helping People Access Safe and High-Quality Health Care within Toronto Central LHIN
Through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) the province is investing more than $2.8 million towards 17 facilities within the Toronto Central LHIN including Madison Community Services, a community-based mental health & addictions agency which is receiving $178,000 through the CIRF. This will fund two projects:
- The installation of a lift from the basement to the second floor of one of its Mental Health & Addictions Supportive Housing properties. This will enable Madison to offer housing to individuals who require wheelchair accessibility or less demanding accessibility and allow all client-residents to ‘age in place’.
- Update the same house’s life safety and fire protection systems in preparation for upcoming changes to rooming house/shared accommodation standards.
The funding will also make the creation of an additional bedroom in the basement feasible as a wheelchair accessible bathroom in the basement was created in 2016-17 with a City of Toronto grant.
Across Ontario, this fund is helping 68 community health service providers across the province to support crucial infrastructure projects, including replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
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.
“By investing in community health infrastructure, we will help ensure that community health organizations can keep their facilities in a good state of repair, make them accessible, and continue to provide high-quality care, close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Toronto Central LHIN is committed to strengthening our local care providers and supporting their efforts to serve patients, clients and their families with the care they need — when and where they need it. Our health service providers are extremely dedicated and community-focused organizations and it’s important that we support the services they provide within our city with investments like the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.”
— Susan Fitzpatrick, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
“Madison Community Services is extremely pleased and appreciative that its CIRF application was approved. This funding will result in significant and multiple benefits for our client – residents – current and future. Overall this funding addresses the critically high demand for wheelchair accessible supportive housing and the need to increase the number of units of this specific housing stock in Toronto. It is impressive that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, The Toronto Central LHIN and the City of Toronto are recognizing and working collaboratively to address this critically important need.”
— Jean Stevenson, Executive Director, Madison Community Services
- Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund investments have increased 78 per cent from last year, up from $4.1 million to $7.3 million, which will support 68 communities across 85 sites province-wide.
- Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs, including primary care, community mental health and addictions, allied health care (e.g., physical therapists, occupational and respiratory therapists, dietitians, speech language pathologists and audiologists) and health promotion (e.g., not-for-profit programs and services delivered by a public health unit).
- Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario’s total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
About the Toronto Central LHIN
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has the highest concentration of health services in Ontario with more than 170 health service providers delivering 210 programs. Toronto Central LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services that meet the needs of 1.2 million residents and thousands of other Ontarians who come to Toronto for care.
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