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The OFIFC Mental Health Strategy is in response to the increased demand for mental health services in urban Aboriginal communities and the fragmented, medically focused approach dominating mental health services today. [...] The call for Aboriginal specific mental health services and additional community based mental health workers has been made throughout Ontario and was identified as a priority during the Aboriginal Health Blueprint process, as it was in the earlier Ontario Aboriginal Health Policy. [...] The provincial Mental Health sector is controlled by mental health hospitals and large health institutions like the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto. [...] Therefore, the OFIFC Vision is to: “Create a comprehensive Aboriginal specific Mental Health Strategy, based in wholism to address the contributing emotional, spiritual and physical as well as the cultural aspects of mental health throughout the life stages and the healing continuum.” Principles The OFIFC Mental Health Strategy is based on the following common principles. [...] September 2006 Page 10 of 18 The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada funds the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programme (NNADAP) and the Non-insured Health Benefits (NIHB) short-term, crisis intervention mental health counseling.


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