P.E.I. needs new treatment centre
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