A new facility to support those living with mental health and substance-use issues is one step closer to reality in Coquitlam.
A request for qualifications has gone out to design and build the new facility on the Riverview lands.
The new centre will be a 105-bed facility and is expected to open in late 2019.
The goal of the new centre is to address key gaps in the current system and ensure those needing help can access support services early, before they find themselves in a crisis.
Lynn Pelletier with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services says the goal of the new centre is to address key gaps in the current system and ensure those needing help can access support services early, before they’re in a crisis.
“So we have five regional health authorities across the province and they would be the first point of contact with many people who we would end up seeing so we have referrals that would be sent to us from the regional health authorities.”
Riverview Lands is a 244-acre site and it’s primary use since 1913 has been mental healthcare.
Mental Health Campus
Back in December, the province announced three mental health and substance abuse programs would be moved to new facilities on the lands: The Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, the Provincial Assessment Centre, and Burnaby’s mental health and addiction centre, which has been sold off.
The province said the move, involving the construction of state of the art new buildings, would result in a net 17 new beds.
The province says the redevelopment will also include, at some point, market housing.