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TORONTO — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said Doug Ford’s first budget ignores the desperate need to improve supports for those struggling with mental health challenges and addictions.

QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, released the following statement in the lead-up to the provincial budget Thursday:

QUEEN’S PARK — The Official Opposition NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, and the NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions Bhutila Karpoche called on the Ford Conservatives today in question period to reverse its callous decision to cut funding to six overdose prevention sites — and said the response from the Ford government was inhumane.

QUEEN’S PARK — Especially in light of a shocking new opioid-related death-toll number, Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said it’s simply wrong for the Ford Conservatives to delay the approval of licence applications for overdose prevention sites, and limit their number.

TORONTO — NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park Bhutila Karpoche is calling on the Ford government to pressure rental company Timbercreek Asset Management to carry out long-overdue repairs to two Parkdale high-rises notorious for their abominable conditions. Karpoche says Ford should also intervene in Timbercreek’s mass evictions and exploitation of tenants at Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board.

Vote on NDP MPP bill to cap wait times for youth mental health at 30 days expected Thursday

QUEEN’S PARK – With emergency department visits and hospitalizations on the rise among youth and children seeking mental health and addiction services, Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said it’s more critical than ever to cap wait times for young people who are trying to access this kind of support.

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPPs Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park), Jill Andrew (Toronto—St. Paul’s) and Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) said it’s simply wrong for Doug Ford to plow ahead with his cut to autism funding following outcry from families. Local parents joined the MPPs at Queen’s Park today to share their personal stories about the devastating impact of the Conservatives’ scheme to rip support away from high needs children, and give everyone else less.

TORONTO — MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park), the NDP’s critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said the Ontario NDP stands with Noah Irvine and other mental health advocates, who are calling for a dedicated provincial Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, as well as a federal Mental Health and Addictions Secretariat.

TORONTO — Doug Ford has yet to confirm which of the province’s overdose prevention sites (OPS) will be permitted to stay open, with all currently operating OPS sites’ licenses set to expire on Jan. 31, less than a week away — leaving frontline health care providers to worry if their life-saving operations will be interrupted.

QUEEN'S PARK — New findings from a CAMH survey showing a rise in mental health challenges among Ontario adults re-affirms the province’s dire need for a mental health services overhaul, says NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Bhutila Karpoche. She said Doug Ford's $330-million cut to mental health funding is dragging Ontario in the wrong direction.

Coroner’s jury inquest into the death of Bradley Chapman recommended declaring a public health emergency

A coroner's jury has recommended that the Ford government declare the opioid overdose epidemic a public health emergency following an examination into the death of Bradley Chapman. Official Opposition Mental Health and Addictions critic Bhutila Karpoche released the following statement in support: "The findings of the inquest into Bradley Chapman’s death have underscored what health care experts, frontline workers and we in the NDP have been saying for quite some time now. The opioid crisis is real, it is relentless, and one of the critical things the province has to do in addressing it is declaring a state of emergency.

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