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Ottawa called on to boost community care for children with mental health issues

By Denis Calnan      

Too many youth are going to the hospital for mental health issues when they would be better off being treated in a community care centre, say experts.

Health Minister Jane Philpott is being called on to ensure more funding for community health care to, among other things, keep children from going to hospitals to deal with mental health issues. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Some say the federal government needs to invest in community care for children with mental health concerns because a growing number have been going to hospitals, which is taxing on both young people and the health-care system. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there was a 50 per cent jump in patients between the ages of 5 to 24 visiting emergency departments for mental health conditions between 2006-07 and 2014-15. It also says there was a 42 per

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