Dedicated downtown Vancouver mental health unit opens

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A dedicated section has officially opened at St. Paul’s Hospital for cases of mental illness and addictions that previously saw patients treated in a cycle of “revolving doors.”

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake said Wednesday the new $1.85-million acute behavioural stabilization unit would operate with referrals based on individual assessments by police and emergency room officials.

The section includes nine beds, “seclusion” areas for patients to calm down, interview rooms to give staff and patients one-on-one time, cameras and other changes to proof the room from objects that could cause harm.

Michael Mui Reports

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