Investing in Mental Health and Addictions

As outlined in the 2019-20 Capital Budget, $100 million will be invested province-wide in mental health and addictions infrastructure that will improve care for the one in ten Islanders who experience mental health and addictions challenges in their lifetime.

What is this investment being spent on?

Over the next five years, the following new facilities, program sites and services will be established: 

  • E-Mental Health Solutions – supporting real-time access to information, resources, tools and supports for Islanders and health care providers (e.g. rural tele-mental health services; online self-scheduling; virtual therapies and peer counseling).
  • Four (4) Community Access Centres/Hubs – providing robust collaborative community-based mental health and addiction services, including treatments, rehabilitation and supports, to Islanders closer to home. To be located in Charlottetown, Summerside, West Prince and Kings County. 
  • Structured Housing Unit and Adult Mental Health Day Treatment Program Site – an 8-bed structured housing facility on the grounds of the current Hillsborough Hospital, providing care for patients with complex needs as they transition from hospital to the community and day treatment for patients who do not require hospital admission. 
  • Mental Health and Addictions Emergency Department and Acute Stabilization Unit – a new 12-bed dedicated emergency department (8 emergency treatment spaces and a 4-bed stabilization unit) to be co-located at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, providing dedicated and timely access to trained mental health and addictions clinicians.
  • Long-Term Mental Health Residential Services – providing long-term housing with community mental health supports for individuals living with mental illness. To be located in Charlottetown and Summerside. 
  • Provincial Acute Mental Health and Addictions Hospital – to support all in-patient mental health care for children, adults, seniors, forensic cases, as well as in-patient addiction care for adults.

When will these new facilities and services be available to Islanders?

New infrastructure will be phased-in over the next five years. Some of the new infrastructure, such as the mental health and addictions emergency department and hospital, will take longer to build.

Timeline of infrastructure implementation [PDF | 53 KB]

How were these priorities decided?

Over the past year, Health PEI worked with a leading planning and design firm to consult with over 100 key partners, including front line health care providers, government departments, community organizations, and, most importantly, patients and their families to determine the program needs and what infrastructure would be best suited to care for Islanders faced with mental health and addiction issues. 

The input gathered during consultations, a review of existing programs, services and sites, along with current and emerging best practices in mental health and addictions care from around the world, informed the priorities and capital investments. 

What are the next steps?

Health PEI will be going to tender to engage consulting experts to develop the infrastructure plan. The more detailed infrastructure plan will include specific locations, proposed designs and budgets for each one of the infrastructure components.

Health PEI will continue to engage with health care providers, community partners and organizations, patients and their families, as well as Islanders from across the province throughout the infrastructure planning process. 

Published date: 
January 8, 2020
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