Multi-Million Dollar Mental Health Crisis Centre Planned

Ground was broken Tuesday on a new $14.7 million mental health crisis response centre on the Health Sciences Centre campus.

The centre will provide 24/7 access for people experiencing a mental health crisis, while easing the burden currently put on the city’s emergency rooms.

“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,” said WRHA president and CEO Arlene Wilgosh. “Links to other services such as the Mobile Crisis Service and the Crisis Stabilization Unit will further enhance the range of services offered.”

Patients will receive mental health and medical screening and assessment, crisis intervention and initial treatment services, and psychiatric consultation.

The 27,370-square-foot facility at 817 Bannatyne Avenue is expected to open by fall 2012.