Mental health care services coming to Riverview

Thu Mar 30 19:35:08 UTC 2017

A groundbreaking celebration took place this week for a purpose built, state-of-the-art mental health care facility on the Riverview lands.

A therapeutic environment for youth

Councillor Ed Hall, Kwikwetlem First Nation

The B.C. government is investing $75 million in this new development, which will accommodate the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth, which includes a complex care unit and a provincial outreach team.

Riverview lands have always been important to our Nation, says Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, "Today, we join with the Province to celebrate a new phase of development that honours our cultural connection to these lands and where we work together as partners towards a renewed community of wellness.

State-of-the-art health care facility

The building will also house Community Living BC’s Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities and concurrent mental health and or substance use disorders.

Future site of the Maples Adolescent Centre
and the Provincial Assessment Centre.

In 2015, the Province announced two new buildings will be constructed on the Riverview lands to house three B.C. government programs. In addition to the Maples Adolescent Centre and the Provincial Assessment Centre, a new purpose-built facility is planned for the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.

Construction of the Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth and the Provincial Assessment Centre is expected to be complete in winter 2018, with occupancy planned for spring 2019.

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