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Upgrades will improve safety and security at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

By BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services.   Nov 02, 2016
Coquitlam – The Provincial Health Services Authority has committed $2.8 million to further enhance safety and security at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam with changes beginning immediately.

The security enhancements will improve safety and security for patients, staff and the greater community, and will support the work of forensic physicians and staff in treating and rehabilitating patients.

The upgrades include improved fencing, lighting, security cameras and landscaping. Many of the state-of-the-art security features will blend into the environment to create a more therapeutic space for patients and visitors.

Benefits include an improved ability to:  

  • Identify and respond to safety and security incidents;
  • Ensure security and safety for patients, staff and visitors;
  • Provide 24/7 surveillance using advanced technology;
  • Further reduce the risk of contraband entering the facility;
  • Decrease the risk of escapes.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services will lead the project in collaboration with Fraser Health Lower Mainland Integrated Protection Services (IPS) and Lower Mainland Facilities Management. Work on the project has already begun. BCMHSUS continually looks for ways to improve treatment, safety and security at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and our other locations province-wide.

Forensic Psychiatric Services (FPS) works in partnership with BC’s criminal justice system to provide psychiatric assessment and treatment at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics to individuals who have been referred by the courts. Staff and physicians treat and rehabilitate people deemed unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible due to mental illnesses, with a goal of restoring fitness and/or reintegrating them gradually and safely into the community.

Quotes:

Terry Lake, Minister of Health

“This investment furthers our commitment to create more secure environments for patients and our front line staff who work with this complex patient population, as well as minimizing the risk to neighbours and surrounding communities.”

Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam

“The safety, security and comfort of both the patient and the staff are our utmost concern. With the security upgrades, we’re able to focus on providing the best healing environment and working atmosphere for a population with complex needs.”

Angela Draude, Executive Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services

“This security refresh will help to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our staff and patients. The upgrades will further support the excellent work of our forensic mental health professionals who serve a challenging patient population.”

Dr. Johann Brink, Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Research, Forensic Psychiatric Services

“We continue to look for ways to improve treatment, safety and security at FPH. These improvements will increase safety features while also creating a more therapeutic environment for patients.”

Learn More:

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. Our overarching goal is to work with the regional health authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure that everyone in British Columbia has access to the specialized mental health and substance use services they need, when they need them, regardless of where they live. 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 mental health challenges may also have co-occurring substance use concerns, the assessment and treatment of substance use issues is an integral part of our programs.

BCMHSUS is responsible for the following provincial specialized mental health and substance use programs:

  • The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics
  • The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction
  • Heartwood Centre for Women
  • Provincial Specialized Mental Health and Substance Use Programs
  • BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute

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.

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