Talk about your double whammy.
In the same week homeless advocates bemoan the area's lack of a temporary shelter, Fraser Health is reportedly moving ahead with plans to cut services at mental-health clinics.
It's believed that six centres providing evening services, including some in the Tri-Cities, will be phased out beginning Sept. 1. Those clinics accept walk-in clients as well as others referred by physicians, covering a range of mental-health illnesses - schizophrenia, anxiety or addiction issues, among other things.
Those patients will only be able to get the help they need between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. "Night clinics offer invaluable services to people who struggle with mental illness, many of whom can't get there during the day because of their work, volunteer or school schedules," Debra McPherson, President of the BC Nurses' Union, said in a statement.
It's also worth noting that several communities have come out this week demanding that Riverview Hospital be re-opened and transformed into a "centre of excellence."
That pitch, put forth by the Corporation of Delta and District of Maple Ridge, will go before the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference next month.
And there are the cops. They want much of the same, largely because they're increasingly becoming the first responders in cases dealing with mental-health issues.
Vancouver Police Department chief Jim Chu, who also heads up the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, said the number of people apprehended under the Mental Health Act has quadrupled in his city since 2002.
The stats continue to climb, yet the response is to cut.
Those numbers don't add up.
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