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Addressing Long-term Stays in Hospital for People with Mental Health and Addictions Concerns

 

As of last year, nearly two million Ontarians saw their family physicians for mental health and addictions concerns. These two conditions account for approximately 10% of the disease burden in Ontario.

Psychiatric alternate level of care (ALC) days and long-stay days represent a significant portion of all inpatient resources. Approximately 40% of patients with complex mental health and addictions concerns currently in tertiary care could be treated in the community. Ontario continues to face challenges in planning for and providing community-based mental health and addictions services and other support services that meet the needs of patients with mental health and addictions concerns. 

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