Dementia Justice applauds provincial government for increased investment in Behavioural Supports Ontario
The Dementia Justice Society of Canada applauds the Government of Ontario for its investment in a provincial dementia strategy. As part of its 2017 budget, the Ontario government committed $100 million over three years to the province's new dementia strategy. The funds will help people affected by dementia find support, and improve training and education for dementia care workers.
The budget also increases funding by $10 million for Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), a program which helps long-term care homes enhance the quality of life for people experiencing the responsive behaviours associated with dementia and other cognitive conditions. Among its many benefits, enhanced access to BSO will play an important role in reducing the risk that residents with dementia come into conflict with the criminal justice system.
Dementia Justice looks forward to working with government and other stakeholders on the implementation and further development of Ontario's new dementia strategy.
About Dementia Justice
Dementia Justice is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system. It strives to achieve its objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education and research.