Vancouver mayor's first report on mental health and addiction identifies priorities for addressing a crisis (St. Paul's Hospital)

The city has published its first report on mental health and addiction nearly one year to the day that Mayor Gregor Robertson stood beside Vancouver police chief Jim Chu to ask higher levels of government for support in addressing those issues.

Robertson used the report’s publication to reiterate calls for assistance.

The province also acted on a recommendation that it create an enhanced form of urgent care in Vancouver. There is now a nine-bed acute behavioral stabilization unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, and an Assertive Outreach Team was established to manage individuals’ transitions from a hospital to a community.

It notes that from 2009 to 2013, Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital together registered a 43 per cent increase in emergency mental health visits, and that in 2013, the VPD reported an 18 per cent increase over the previous year in apprehensions made under the Mental Health Act.

Travis Lupick reports

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