Adults with complex and severe substance use and mental health challenges are now one step closer to accessing a new 105-bed purpose built facility, which will provide specialized inpatient treatment services for clients. The facility will replace the current Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that people with serious substance use and mental health challenges receive the specialized care and treatment they need,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Selecting the preferred proponent brings us another step forward in creating a space on the Riverview lands that is dedicated to improving the lives of people facing these challenges.”
“It’s great to see we are closer to starting construction on the centre,” said Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. “The facility will incorporate natural light and views of the Riverview lands and surrounding area, combining therapeutic treatment elements, safety, and security features to support patients on their path to recovery.”
“BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides the highest level of specialized care for people with mental health and substance use challenges in the province,” said BCMHSUS Vice President Lynn Pelletier. “The staff at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction provide exemplary care in an aging building. The new centre will provide a more therapeutic space which will enhance the services we provide.”
The Ministry of Health, through funding provided to the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is investing close to $101 million to design and build the centre. Both the design and location of the centre will align with BC Housing’s vision and master plan for the redevelopment of the Riverview lands.
The facility is one of two projects that will create a health district at the north end of the Riverview site. The Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth and Community Living BC’s Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities and concurrent mental health and substance use disorders will be located nearby.
An evaluation committee comprised of representatives of PHSA and Lower Mainland Facilities Management evaluated the proposals and appointed evaluation teams to review and score each proposal.
A fairness advisor, John. R. Singleton, was appointed to oversee and monitor the entire evaluation to ensure the process undertaken was fair and followed the requirements outlined in the Request for Proposals.
The new mental health facility will be designed to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, reflecting PHSA’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
PHSA, BCMHSUS and Lower Mainland Facilities Management will work closely with EllisDon Corporation – Parkin Architects Limited to finalize the contract for the design and build of the new facility. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2017 and be completed by late 2019.
Today’s announcement builds on recent investments, such as the $82 million Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre, which will care for adults with mental-health or substance-use challenges when it opens later this year. As well, the new Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre, a dedicated unit for youth with mental-health and substance-use challenges at the Greta and Robert H. N. Ho Centre for Psychiatry and Education (HOpe Centre) at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver will begin admissions in April. And, construction started this month on a new mental health and wellness centre as part of Royal Columbian Hospital’s phase one redevelopment and is designed to improve the patient’s experience and provide more services.
Today’s announcement also supports a number of priority areas that will help better meet the needs of people struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Budget 2017, with $165 million provided in targeted mental health and substance use investments, is helping government address gaps in the system. It is providing patients and families with better information and ways to navigate the system, and integrating and co-ordinating services throughout the province. The Ministry of Health spends about $1.45 billion each year to support people in need of mental health or substance use supports.
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for adults across the province. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in tertiary mental health and substance use planning, health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching. Recognizing that people with severe substance use challenges may also have co-occurring mental health concerns, the assessment and treatment of both substance use and mental health issues is an integral part of our programs.
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit www.phsa.ca or follow us on Twitter @PHSAofBC.
BC Housing’s vision for the Riverview lands: www.renewingriverview.com
EllisDon Corporation: www.ellisdon.com
Parkin Architects Limited: www.parkin.ca
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