The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Mental Health and Addiction

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Recognize that greater collaboration among ministries and sectors is needed to provide comprehensive and integrated mental health and addiction services.
  • Continue to invest in addiction care to build a comprehensive, integrated and functioning addiction care system.
  • Increase community based services, social supports, and mental health promotion services.
  • Invest in harm reduction strategies that have been scientifically proven to improve health and social outcomes.
  • Immediately increase resources to tackle the current Opioid Crisis that has claimed the lives of 914 British Columbians in 2016.

Ask the Candidates!

  • How will your government ensure that there is collaboration between ministries (i.e.: health, social services, criminal justice) and sectors to ensure mental health and addiction services across B.C. are integrated and comprehensive?
  • What is your government's plan to increase community based services in order to ensure individuals suffering from mental health and addictions have access to these services?
  • The majority of mental health illness and addiction begin during youth. How will your government provide leadership in the area of mental health promotion, especially among children and adolescents?
  • How will you government step up to address the opioid crisis?
  • What is your government's plan to expand harm reduction services for people who use drugs?

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  • Confirm $165 million for youth mental health needs and substance abuse issues.
  • Fund an additional 250 mental health and problematic substance use beds by 2022.
  • Emphasize prevention and early treatment for all health issues, including mental health and addictions.
  • Create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to prioritise those patients, and ensure treatment is available, coordinated and effective for everyone who needs it.
  • New ministry will work with the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Health, local governments, First Nations and the education and justice systems so patients get treatment early and effectively.
  • Ensure children and youth have timely access to the full spectrum of mental health and addictions care in every region of the province.
  • Ensure students can access specially trained adolescent mental health professionals within the school system.
  • Provide access to a wide range of evidence-based and regulated treatment, including licensing our current recovery house system, enhancing supports post-detox, and improving access to harm reduction options that save lives.
  • Reopen facilities on the Riverview lands to provide residential care where needed.
  • Establish a province-wide strategy to ensure the widest possible availability of life-saving naloxone kits with people trained to use them.
  • Increase support for first responders, including counselling for PTSD and work-related stress.
  • Support treating mental health issues with respect and compassion, with adequate treatment facilities and support and without stigma.
  • Support treating addiction and providing adequate treatment options, without stigma. Read more...
  • Establish a Ministry responsible for mental health and addictions; which will be responsible for developing and implementing:
    • A Mental Health and Addiction strategy based on the recommendations of the Auditor General;.
    • A Youth Mental Health Strategy for early detection of mental health illness.
  • Allocation $80 million to fund early intervention, youth mental health initiatives, supervised injection sites, and community based centres for mental health and rehabilitation.
  • Implement an Integrated Primary Care model specific to Youth and Mental Health so that patients and their families can easily navigate resources in a supportive environment, and support innovative community-based options for responding to the needs of young people with mental illness and their families such as the Clubhouse International model.
  • Develop an immediate response to the fentanyl crisis based on successful programs in Europe that invest in treatment on demand, drug substitution, early-warning monitoring systems, and coordinated response.