The County of Simcoe has provided $615,000 toward the new Chigamik Waypoint Community Health Hub being built on Lakeshore Drive in Midland.

“We don’t see that as a grant. We see it as an investment in our communities and an investment in our health care,” said Marshall. “I really do believe that if we don’t have proper health care, including mental health care, our communities suffer.”

The 40,000-square-foot joint mental health care centre will house Waypoint outpatient services and all of what Chigamik currently offers at its 845 King St. location. It will also include a youth wellness hub, which will offer walk-in access to a variety of mental health services for those aged 12 to 25.

“We are going to see, and our patients and clients are going to see, so many benefits from us being co-located in this building. There will be a multitude of services under one roof,” said Carol Lambie, Waypoint CEO.

The funding is part of a $45-million, 15-year commitment the county has made to funding area hospitals.

Lambie says officials are working through the approvals process with the Ministry of Health and hopes to move in to the new facility in the spring.

Pictured is Carol Lambie, president and CEO of the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health.