Vancouver mayor’s report maps steps to address mental health and addiction (St. Paul’s Hospital)

A task force assembled last year to address Vancouver’s “major crisis” of severe mental illness and addiction has released its recommendations on how to improve the fate of residents struggling with the health problems.

The report released Wednesday lists 23 recommendations to improve the lives of residents living with mental illness and addiction.

In November, the province responded with $26 million that has thus far funded two new assertive community treatment teams, a nine-bed unit for people in acute distress at St. Paul’s Hospital and an outreach team to help with transitions from the hospital to the community.

Emily Jackson reports

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