Up to $100,000 in funds will be provided to some organizations in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon in new mental health program

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Published June 29, 2023 at 1:51 pm

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Peel Region has announced a new fund called the Wellness Response and Assistance Program (WRAP), which it hopes will improve access to mental health services for clients who receive social assistance such as Ontario Works.

WRAP will provide funding for new projects or increase capacity in existing programs offered by mental health service agencies and not-for-profit agencies, and support eligible organizations that offer services such as mental health and addiction counseling, harm reduction supplies, health education, needle exchange programs, and substance use reduction initiatives.

“The program seeks to address addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues among some recipients of social assistance in Peel to help them take steps toward greater independence and improved quality of life,” says a statement issued today (June 29) by the Region.

Eligible organizations may receive up to $100,000, with a maximum of 10% allowed for administrative costs within the overall funding request.

Peel Region is encouraging all eligible organizations to apply for the WRAP to contribute to the mental wellbeing of social assistance recipients across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. The WRAP application deadline is Monday, July 10 at noon.

The following details have been laid out for organizations interested in applying:

  • Applications will undergo review by a committee to assess completeness and eligibility
  • Funding decisions will be announced within 2-3 weeks following the application deadline
  • Successful agencies must sign legal agreements within 2-3 weeks after receiving approval
  • Payments will be issued between late July and early August, aiming for prompt disbursement
  • All funds must be spent by July 31, 2024, and any unspent funds will be subject to funding recoveries

The new fund hopes to combat mental health issues in the Region, particularly for residents who are low-income and struggling to afford to live.

“Community organizations in Peel are valuable partners in reaching people in need of life support and stability,” said Sean Baird, Commissioner of Human Services at Peel Region.

“The higher cost of living is adding significantly to the pressures faced by those with low incomes and this funding will make a significant difference in the lives of people facing addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.”

To apply for the fund or get more information, visit the Region’s website.

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