B.C. mental-health plan includes outreach team, group homes

The B.C. government has announced a new action plan for patients with mental-health challenges, a response to a declaration by Vancouver’s mayor and police chief that the city faces a crisis in handling people with severe, untreated mental illness.

The program announced Wednesday includes a new outreach team to work in the city, a new nine-to-12 bed psychiatric assessment unit at St. Paul’s Hospital and five new “high-intensity” group homes. Read full story