More mental health beds on the way

Mission’s campus of care will include a residence for mental health clients next year.

The former Pleasant View Care Home will be converted into a new 54-bed mental health residential campus, Fraser Health announced Wednesday. It will include three sections, including a 19-bed residential care facility, a 22-bed assisted living centre, and 13 bachelor suites.

The new facility will offer three levels of care for mental health patients, said Meryl McDowell, director for mental health and substance use services for Fraser Health.

The residential care facility provides the highest level of support to clients and is more “intensively” staffed, while the bachelor suites offer clients an independent living atmosphere with their own access to the building. Everyone in a bachelor suite will have a case manager to help them work on getting better and resuming a more independent lifestyle.

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