Health and Community Services
December 20, 2017

Provincial Government Releases Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan Six-Month Update

The Provincial Government today released its six-month update of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador. After six months, 51 of the 54 recommendations are completed or in-progress.

A summary is provided below:

  Complete In Progress To be Commenced Total
Short-term 5 13 0 18
Medium-term 0 22 1 23
Long-term 0 11 2 13
Total 5 46 3 54

Released in June, Towards Recovery outlines 54 short, medium, and long-term goals to transform mental health and addictions care in the province. Eighteen short-term goals will be substantially completed by March 2018, while 23 medium-term goals will be substantially completed by March 2021. Thirteen long-term recommendations will be substantially completed by March 2022.

Towards Recovery is being implemented by eight project teams including people and families with lived experience, policy makers, community, regional health authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information and Provincial Government representatives. There are more than 200 individuals serving on teams and working groups under the Towards Recovery Action Plan.

For a complete list of project team members visit – PDF Icon

Progress reports on implementation will continue to be provided to the public. The six-month report was released after consultation with the Provincial Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions and the Recovery Council. The Towards Recovery report card can be found here: PDF Icon

“Mental health and addictions experts and team members from the community have covered significant ground in the first six months. They are working hard to implement the vision for a transformed mental health and addictions care system in this province. I commend them on their progress, dedication and organization in this massive undertaking.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

Learn more
Towards Recovery six-month report: PDF Icon

Towards Recovery: PDF Icon

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Health and Community Services
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2017 12 20                                                    12:15 p.m.