Frank Klees

Press Releases 2008


A New Vision for Mental Health and Adicition Services August 31, 2010

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2008

Children's Mental Health Crisis

Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees and York-Simcoe MPP Julia Munro today convened a roundtable meeting to discuss the state of children's mental health in York Region. Participants included Dr. Ras Paramsothy/ Psychiatrist at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Patrick Lake/ Director of York Region Children’s Aid Society, James Thomson/ Executive Director of Pathways for Children, Youth and Families, Dr. Dick Meen/ Director of Clinical Services, Kinark Child and Family Services and Sylvia Pivko/ Executive Director, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre.

“This was an opportunity for us to hear first-hand from the front line just how serious the crisis is in children’s mental health services”, said Klees. “The fact that wait times for child psychiatric services is more than a year can be devastating to the children and their families.  It all comes down to a lack of resources.  We are just not keeping up to the growing needs of the region.”

Noting that this is not a partisan issue, Klees said that the MPP’s simply want to know how best they can ensure that the government is aware that all is not well in York Region when it comes to access to children's mental health services.

“Our meeting emphasized the unique challenges our agencies have in meeting the mental health needs of our constituents,” said Munro. “While we as members of the Legislature voted with the government on legislation to support children in need more than two years ago, today we are asking the same government to provide sustainable funding to allow our agencies to provide the level of service to meet the obligations of that legislation.” 

The key issue identified at the meeting was the need for the resources to implement the policy framework that was announced two years ago.  That policy was supported by all parties in the legislature, but the funding to implement it was never delivered.




Frank Klees, MPP                                                                            Julia Munro, MPP

Newmarket-Aurora                                                                           York-Simcoe

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