Amid a mental health crisis, Vancouver care providers revisit the debate on institutionalization (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Institutionalized care for the mentally ill has been replaced by a combination of effective drug treatments and services provided in communities. Some at-risk individuals are slipping through the cracks, Vancouver care providers warn.

Libby Davies is the health critic for the federal Opposition. She has also represented Vancouver East (which includes the Downtown Eastside) since 1997.

In a telephone interview, Davies recalled a meeting she convened that year shortly after she was elected. She asked doctors with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS what was happening in the Downtown Eastside. The first point they raised was the closing of Riverview. (Though Riverview didn’t officially discharge its last patient until 2012, the facility was decommissioned through a lengthy process that began many years earlier.)

Travis Lupick reports

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