The head of the Fraser Health Authority says the region is seeing significant growth in the need for adolescent psychiatric services.
CEO Michael Marchbank is responding to complaints by Abbotsford mother Jackie Gettings.
She says she can’t get help for her teenage daughter Destiny, who suffers from severe mental health and drug abuses issues.
Marchbank says services, however, are improving: “We are devoting the resources to doing it, and we will continue to do that.”
Last year, Fraser Health treated about 2,000 young people showing signs of mental illness.
That number has more than doubled over the last six years.
CEO also defends parking costs
Marchbank says a lot of money is needed to maintain the parking lots.
“We have to make sure there is adequate lighting, we have to make sure the snow is cleared, and it’s available for use, because a lot of people come to our hospitals and our facilities and they have to have a place to park.”
Asked if the parking rates are fair, he says they are based on the going rates of what is charged at other lots in the region.