Province Finalizes Agreement with Federal Government to Strengthen Health Care
The Provincial and Federal Government has reached an agreement on how Newfoundland will invest its share of targeted federal funding in health care. Newfoundland and Labrador is the second province to reach such an agreement.
Newfoundland and Labrador will invest approximately $72 million ($43.25 million for home and community care and $28.82 million for mental health and addictions).The province’s multi-year Action Plan on Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services PDF Icon aligns with the objectives and pan-Canadian priorities set out in the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities released in August 2017.
This funding will:
Support a Home First Integrated Network with wrap around services for clients and an extension of available services in the community beyond traditional work hours;
Support a province-wide palliative care approach with greater training for clinicians, service providers and caregivers; and
Support more home care supports for persons with dementia.
Funding will also be used to advance initiatives in Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador. These initiatives include:
Create a province-wide mental health service delivery model for children, youth and emerging adults to address existing barriers and gaps;
Expand e-mental health services;
Improve access to addictions services; and,
Improve community-based services to replace hospital care.
The bilateral agreement will be renewed for the remaining five years (2022-23 to 2026-27) of the 10-year commitment.