Is it Shocking How We Treat the Mentally Ill?
Many of the homeless people wandering the streets of the Lower Mainland have mental health issues. Advocates put a large part of the blame for this on the fact that thousands of psychiatric beds at Riverview Hospital and other facilities have been closed down since the 1960s. Is deinstitutionalization really to blame? In this environment, how can we increase and improve access to safe, quality and timely care for individuals with mental health and addiction illnesses? What other circumstances combined to cause the current crisis? And why is it so often the most in need that tend to get the least care?