Putting Epilepsy Programs in Provincial Budget

February 23, 2018

Did you know that community epilepsy agencies like Epilepsy Ottawa receive no sustained government funding? Instead we rely on donations and grants.

This year Epilepsy Ontario is submitting a formal budget proposal as part of the province’s pre-budget consultations requesting sustained funding for community epilepsy agencies to provide much needed education and support services in our communities.

Click here to send a short message of support to the Health and Finance Ministers.

If successful, the funding could have a real impact on the lives of people living with epilepsy, ensuring all community epilepsy agencies can provide the important information everyone needs when first diagnosed, like when a seizure is and isn’t a medical emergency or how to manage triggers. Those people who need more or specialized support, with work, school, or other challenges, will also get the help they need.

The provincial government already funds similar programs for other neurological conditions like the Alzheimer’s First Link program. Programs like First Link, and information collected from Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario’s Clinic To Community epilepsy education program, have shown how important education programs could be in the lives of people living with epilepsy. Now is the right time to make the pitch to the provincial government.

Epilepsy Ottawa will join community epilepsy agencies from across the province for Epilepsy Action Day at Queen’s Park on March 5, 2018 to discuss this issue with our MPPs.

We could use your support! Please click on this link (https://form.jotform.com/80445727484262)  to let the Health and Finance Ministers as well as your MPP know that you support dedicated funding for epilepsy education and support programs at Ontario’s community epilepsy agencies in this year’s provincial budget.

Reprinted in part from Epilepsy Ontario.