'Everyone should have access': Mental health a priority for Manitoba Liberals
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Liberals say they would make mental-health care a priority if the party were to win the Sept. 10 provincial election.
Leader Dougald Lamont says a Liberal government would cover clinical psychological therapy as part of medicare and invest in training mental-health professionals.
It would also pay for psychological assessments and treatments for children with learning and behavioural disabilities.
Lamont says waiting lists for assessments currently stand at two to three years in some parts of the province.
He says he has heard from many families who have struggled to get their children into therapy because they don't have insurance and waiting lists are long.
He adds that Manitoba, at five per cent, spends less on mental-health care than the national average of seven per cent.