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Mental health commission sets five projects for homeless.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada will set up five demonstration research projects across Canada.

Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton have been selected as sites for the research programs. Each project will focus on a distinct group of people living with mental illness who are homeless, including those who also have a substance abuse problem, Aboriginal Canadians and non-English speaking new immigrants. The projects will run simultaneously over a four year period.

The Commission has been promised $110 million for the project, the Finance Minister announced in his budget speech.

"Very little is known about the most effective ways of pro viding services to people living with mental illness who are homeless," said Commission chair Michael Kirby. "What they require is a complex basket of services including supportive housing, access to primary health care and a wide range of other supports."

He added, "Collectively, the projects will develop a body of evidence which will enable Canada to lead the world in providing services to people living with mental illness who are homeless."

The Mental Health Commission expects to work on these projects with provincial and municipal governments, regional health authorities, service providers and service users.

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