Al­berta poli­cies a fac­tor in death of men­tal health worker: re­port

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — A re­port sug­gests Al­berta gov­ern­ment pol­icy fail­ures were a fac­tor in the death of a men­tal health worker by a client who had a long his­tory of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.

Va­lerie Wol­ski was alone with Ter­rence Sad­dle­back in Fe­bru­ary 2011 when she was stran­gled in Cam­rose, Alta.

Sad­dle­back, who weighed 300 pounds and was six feet, five inches tall, tow­ered over Wol­ski, who worked for the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion.

The re­port says health agen­cies were ar­gu­ing over whether Sad­dle­back should be best cared for in a se­cure men­tal health fa­cil­ity called the Mich­ener Cen­tre in the months be­fore she was killed. At the time the gov­ern­ment was mov­ing from an in­sti­tu­tional model of care for the de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled to a com­mu­nity-based model.

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