Increase mental health and addiction services: BC Mayor’s Caucus


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Members of BC’s Mayors Caucus are calling on the provincial government to increase services for people suffering from severe addiction and mental illness.

Mayor of Victoria Dean Fortin says every community represented has concerns.

“A call for the establishment of long-term residential beds increased mental health and addiction services at the community level. A call for a provincial social policy framework to ensure that tax dollars are being efficiently spent by integrating health care, police care, corrections and social services.”

Fortin says it is important to realize that providing people with proper housing and support can help them get better, reducing calls to police and the impact on communities. “The high cost of policing associated with the health issue which is mental health and addiction. For example, for the city of Victoria, the estimate is about 70 per cent of all our calls for service are dealing with that.”

Fortin adds the issue has become urgent for many communities.


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