P.E.I. needs new treat­ment cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

A 20-year-old women has been liv­ing at the Hills­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal for three years and is so des­per­ate to get out that she wants to go to jail. She told Judge John Dou­glas the only rea­son she com­mit­ted as­sault was to get in­car­cer­ated be­cause she would be bet­ter off in jail than where she is now. Twenty-two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies met to dis­cuss her case but didn’t ac­com­plish any­thing. The Is­land gov­ern­ment has has failed big time in of­fer­ing ef­fec­tive treat­ment to men­tal health pa­tients and this isn’t any iso­lated case be­cause poor treat­ment has been of­fered for decades.

The P.E.I. gov­ern­ment has failed to spend enough fund­ing ex­cept for spe­cial spend­ing on youth beds in the two cities called a Youth Re­cov­ery Cen­tres. P.E.I. needs one good treat­ment cen­tre for all ages so we should re­place Hills­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal and build a mod­ern up-to-date treat­ment cen­tre which is fully staffed and trained in the treat­ment of men­tal health pa­tients. Right now we have noth­ing to of­fer pa­tients and send­ing them to jail isn’t the so­lu­tion. David Steeves, Char­lot­te­town

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