NORTH VANCOUVER (June 27, 2019) – MLA Jane Thornthwaite, the BC Liberal Mental Health and Addictions Critic, and West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan have released the following joint statement in response to the release of the NDP’s much-delayed 10-year plan for Mental Health and Addictions care:
“After two years in office, the government has finally introduced a plan to deal with mental health and addictions, a serious crisis that requires much-needed attention.
“We are pleased the plan builds on the work done by the previous BC Liberal government, including the creation of additional Foundry centers across the province.
“It is important to closely link child and youth mental health services with our schools. Having the ability to help children and youth when mental and emotional well-being first become an issue, will help save lives and improve the long-term health of youth in our province.
“While we welcome the government’s vision to improve mental health and addiction services in British Columbia, this plan still ignores many of the immediate steps necessary to help save youth today— such as the Safe Care Act, which MLA Thornthwaite introduced for the third time this year.
“The announcement in North Vancouver expands counselling services, which began under our previous government, and will ensure more youth get help when they need it. However, the financial commitment made in the announcement is a less than one percent increase on the total already being spent on mental health in British Columbia. It’s now up to John Horgan and the NDP to deliver on their promises and provide meaningful funding for this important issue.”