Mental health and addiction hub aims to prevent hospitalization

St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health and the City of Vancouver hope a new mental health hub will reduce hospital readmissions for people experiencing mental illness and addiction by 70 per cent.

That was the result seen by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto when it implemented a similar model. The hub is designed to connect people to community services so they can get long-term help for mental illness and addiction, and avoid hospitalization.

“Mental health and addiction are chronic relapsing medical conditions that are not well-treated in our community,” said Dr. Reka Gustafson, medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.

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