‘Trans­for­ma­tional’: Men­tal health cen­tre re­ceives fund­ing boost

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A pro­posed $226-mil­lion youth men­tal health cen­tre in Ed­mon­ton will boast more than 100 in­pa­tient beds and bring var­i­ous treat­ment pro­grams un­der one roof, said the province.Fund­ing for the child and ado­les­cent men­tal health cen­tre was first set out in the 2017 bud­get to the tune of $200 mil­lion, said Health Min­is­ter Sarah Hoffman.On Mon­day, the Stollery Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion promised to con­trib­ute an ad­di­tional $26 mil­lion to the project. The foun­da­tion will re­ceive the nam­ing rights for the fa­cil­ity.“We just re­cently fin­ished the scope, so now we know the how many beds and what the kinds of ser­vices will be,” Hoffman said.The cen­tre will in­clude 101 in­pa­tient beds, child and ado­les­cent cri­sis ser­vices, a mo­bile re­sponse team, and a slew of other ser­vices in­clud­ing out­pa­tient sup­port.“Even those (80) beds we have right now aren’t open all the time,” Hoffman said. “We’re go­ing to be mak­ing this a per­ma­nent full-time unit.”The cen­tre will be built on land owned by Al­berta Health Ser­vices east of the Glen­rose Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal.“I think it’s go­ing to be trans­for­ma­tional,” said Stollery foun­da­tion pres­i­dent and CEO Mike House. “The num­ber of chil­dren and fam­i­lies who are look­ing for care and sup­port is grow­ing.”The foun­da­tion plans to raise the ad­di­tional funds over the next five years, he added.Con­struc­tion is set to be­gin in spring 2021, for com­ple­tion in 2024. Project de­sign will start in the next few months, said the province.“I ac­tu­ally think this is go­ing to be some­thing that has an in­deli­ble mark on things like crime and home­less­ness and poverty be­cause so much of that is en­demic to men­tal health,” House said.An­nie Bel­ley, 24, spoke about her own strug­gle with bipo­lar dis­or­der at the news con­fer­ence. She said hav­ing mul­ti­ple ser­vices un­der one roof will be help­ful for pa­tients.“It’s so hard to nav­i­gate the health sys­tem as it is. When you throw men­tal health into the mix, there are so many other fac­tors that go into play there,” she said.“When I think back to some of my worse anx­i­ety days, or my worse de­pres­sive days, just get­ting out of bed is enough of a strug­gle.”The province es­ti­mated the project will cre­ate up to 250 con­struc­tion jobs.

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