The Ministry of Health will see a three-year increase of $4.2 billion, compared to its 2016-17 base budget, including funding to support government’s $100-million, three-year enhancement in services addressing mental health and substance use issues, particularly for youth. Budget 2017 also includes funding for $2.7 billion in health capital projects – including new patient care towers at both the Penticton Regional Hospital and the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The recent funding agreement with the federal government will provide additional resources over and above these budgeted amounts for addictions treatment and mental health.
New mental health funding with a focus on youth:
- $45 million to Ministry of Children and Family Development over three years for more mental health counselling and treatment for children.
- $12 million for up to 28 additional specialized youth addictions treatment beds.
- $9 million for the expansion of youth service centres at up to five sites, each expected to reach 1,200 to 2,500 more clients annually.
- Up to $5 million to support mental-health services for post-secondary students.
- $11 million over three years for the BC Centre on Substance Use.
- $65 million to provide affordable housing for the homeless, including people with mental health or substance-use issues.