In Alberta, 6% (estimated) of the provincial health budget is spent on mental health and addictions. There is some variability on how this number is calculated; however, current spending by the Government of Alberta is not in line with other jurisdictions and must be increased.
Chronic underfunding of mental health care is creating an environment for a two-tier system to emerge. The Government of Alberta must promote open access to all; investment is needed to guard our public system. For more information, read the CMHA Health Parity paper found on the CMHA Alberta Division website.
The mental health of our population affects everyone’s quality of life. All Government of Alberta Ministries have a role to play, not just the Health Ministry.