Lack of mental-health accountability frameworks concerning: NDP critic

Mary Bartram, a Ph.D candidate at Carleton University, says the $5-billion over the next ten years outlined in the Health Accord is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t come close filling the $3.1-billion mental health care funding gap.

PUBLISHED :Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 12:00 AM

There’s a concerning lack of news regarding the accountability frameworks for mental health funding as outlined in last year’s new Health Accord, said an opposition critic and academic, and without adequate oversight and transparency, money could disappear into the provincial health-care funding pot.

This means money earmarked to improve wait times for child and youth mental health services may not go toward those specific programs, according to NDP MP and health critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.) and Carleton University doctoral candidate Mary Bartram.

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