Ontario Expanding Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth

In a year unlike any other, we’ve seen an increased demand for high-quality mental health and addictions care that addresses the unique needs of Ontario’s most vulnerable youth.

That’s why our government is investing $2.9 million to enhance and expand the Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth (SAPACCY) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and seven new satellite locations across the province, as part of the government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to implement Roadmap to Wellness.

Expanding this program will protect our progress by improving access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions care for African and Caribbean Canadian youth who are dealing with problem substance use and mental health concerns, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding announced today will help to enhance current program levels at CAMH and four previously announced satellite sites and will support the creation of three new community satellite locations in Hamilton, Ottawa and Windsor. It will also support the recruitment of counsellors, therapists, case managers, outreach workers, and site coordinators, as appropriate.

Our government is committed to supporting all Ontarians on their journey to wellness by investing in services across the continuum of care, from prevention to recovery, to make it easier for people to find and access support when and where they need it.

News Release:

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001226/ontario-expanding-substance-abuse-program-for-african-and-caribbean-canadian-youth

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1001226/lontario-elargit-son-programme-de-traitement-de-la-toxicomanie-pour-les-jeunes-afro-canadiens-et-des-caraibes