On November 27th, 2018, MPP Bhutila Karpoche tabled her bill, the Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act, in the legislature. If passed the bill would cap wait times for children and youth seeking mental health & addiction services at 30 days. You can read the full bill here.
The bill received all-party, unanimous support at Second Reading on February 21st. It has now been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government.
About the Bill
Bill 63 requires the Minister to ensure that a person who is less than 26 years old, resides in Ontario and has been deemed to require a mental health or addiction service receives access to the required mental health or addiction service within 30 days of being deemed to require the service.
How you can help
Contact Committee Members
Now, it's up to the government to start committee hearings. Children and youth are #DoneWaiting for mental health and addictions care and need your help to urge the government to begin hearings on the bill, so that it can move forward to Third Reading. Martha McGroarty, one of the leading forces behind this bill, has written a draft letter you can download and send to members of the committee here.