Nov 17 – People struggling with complex and severe mental illness and addiction will receive the care they need in a state-of-the-art mental health and addictions centre on the Riverview lands, Premier John Horgan announced today.
“People afflicted by mental illness and addiction need better support and care. We’re getting to work to fix the problems and give people the help they need,” Premier Horgan said. “Today’s ground breaking is an important step toward improving mental health and addictions treatment services in British Columbia.”
The new 105-bed centre will offer specialized residential treatment to adults with severe mental health and addictions challenges, with the goal of helping to stabilize their illness and move forward with rehabilitation and recovery.
“I have talked to families from all around the province and heard countless heart-breaking stories about their struggles finding adequate care for a loved one coping with mental illness and addiction,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “This state-of-the-art centre will be central to the creation of a community of care at Riverview that gives families the services and support they desperately need.”