London, Ontario, MPP Introduces Billing To Cowl Units That Support Psychological Well being Remedy – London

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With the number of people struggling with mental health rising, a local MPP is proposing a new bill that covers devices to support mental health care.

According to Terence Kernaghan, MPP at the NDP London North Center, the bill would expand Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program to include technological devices to support mental health treatments and associated data costs.

“This would include coverage of devices that allow patients to virtually access medical and counseling appointments, share heart rate, physical activity and sleep data with healthcare providers, and automatically deliver medication,” Kernaghan said.

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Kernaghan says this is especially important when it comes to downstairs health care.

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“We need to make sure that Ontarians who are in a mental crisis aren’t stuck in hospital corridors or beds because our healthcare system simply doesn’t have a place for them,” Kernaghan said.

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“By providing tools for mental health support in the home, this bill can help people lead more independent and safe lives and end the cycle of crisis and hospitalization.”

Research from the London Health Science Center showed that Ontarians with mental health needs had positive health outcomes once they had access to equipment that supports their treatment plan.

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A study by researcher Cheryl Forchuk of the Lawson Health Research Institute found that Ontarians who use mental health tools felt more empowered, less isolated, and more integrated into their communities.

According to the study, nearly 80 percent of participants found that mental health aids improved their overall health and resulted in fewer visits to a social service provider or hospital emergency room.

“The pandemic has once again confirmed that there can be no health without mental health. In the 21st century, we know that new technologies are available to support mental and physical health, ”said Forchuk.

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“We need laws that do not discriminate based on the nature of the disability.”

Kernaghan’s bill, Bill 277, will be discussed in legislature and voted on Thursday.

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