New mental-health unit launches at St. Paul’s Hospital

A nine-bed emergency psychiatric unit will open at St. Paul’s Hospital this week.

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake announced the new Acute Behavioural Stabilization Unit today (March 19), which will be open 24 hours a day and will consist of short-stay admissions of up to 48 hours.

The initiative was part of a plan released by the provincial government in November 2013, in response to a request from Vancouver’s mayor and police chief for more support for people with severe, untreated mental illnesses.

Yolande Cole Reports

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