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March 15, 2011

Construction starts on one-of-a-kind mental health crisis response centre

Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald today marked the official beginning of construction on a unique, stand-alone, mental health crisis response centre located on the Health Sciences Centre campus.
"Currently, the thousands of Manitobans experiencing a mental health crisis each year often turn to an emergency room," Oswald said. "Today, we are moving forward with an innovative, dedicated facility that will provide individuals and families with specialized mental health services when and where they are needed most."

The new $14.7 million, community-based facility located west of the Health Sciences Centre at 817 Bannatyne Avenue, will provide a central point of access for people experiencing a mental health crisis seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  Services planned for the centre include:

  • mental health and medical screening and assessment,
  • crisis intervention and initial treatment services, and
  • psychiatric consultation. 

WRHA President & CEO Arlene Wilgosh said the centre was a major recommendation from individuals and their families who experience a mental health crisis, service providers and from the Emergency Care Task Force members, who all realized the need for those experiencing a mental health crisis to have somewhere to go other than an emergency room.

"This centre will ensure individuals experiencing a mental health crisis will receive the type and range of treatment services that will meet their needs in a timely fashion," Ms. Wilgosh said. "Links to other services such as the Mobile Crisis Service and the Crisis Stabilization Unit will further enhance the range of services offered."

The centre will also provide linkages and referrals to specialized treatment, rehabilitation and support services for individuals with mental health issues and those with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues.

Chris Summerville, Executive Director of both the National and Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, and Board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, expects the results of the Centre's services and linkages to community support services will have a positive result for individuals needing mental health treatment.
"The Mental Health Crisis Response Centre offers opportunity for more compassionate, expedient and effective mental health support for individuals who need more immediate care," Summerville said.

The mental health crisis response centre will be 27,370 square feet and is expected to open by fall 2012.

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