Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids.

The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions.

Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

“We have good capacity when it comes to adult services, but where we've been lacking is in children and youth. That waiting time from when someone is identified as needing treatment and when they actually receive the treatment is critically important,” Horne said.

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