A groundbreaking celebration took place this week for a purpose built, state-of-the-art mental health care facility on the Riverview lands.
The event began with a welcome ceremony and blessing from Kwikwetlem First Nations. As part of the ceremony Minister Rich Coleman presented a decorative wooden bowl to Chief Ron Giesbrecht, Kwikwetlem First Nation.
“Riverview lands have always been important to our Nation, ” says Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, “Today, we join with the Province to celebrate a new phase of development that honours our cultural connection to these lands and where we work together as partners towards a renewed community of wellness.”
A therapeutic environment for youth
The B.C. government is investing $75 million in this new development, which will accommodate the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth, which includes a complex care unit and a provincial outreach team.
“The youth who come to the Maples facility have often experienced significant trauma and need a calming, supportive environment where they can recover and heal, says Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, “The design of the new facility will make use of natural light, soothing colours and the green spaces at Riverview to create a therapeutic environment that meets the individual needs of each youth in our care.”
State-of-the-art health care facility
The building will also house Community Living BC’s Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities and concurrent mental health and or substance use disorders.
Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services says the facility will provide specialized services for British Columbians and their families.
“We aim to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design while offering supportive surroundings through the materials selected for the building. ”
In 2015, the Province announced two new buildings will be constructed on the Riverview lands to house three B.C. government programs. In addition to the Maples Adolescent Centre and the Provincial Assessment Centre, a new purpose-built facility is planned for the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.
“Having comprehensive supports in place is a key part of improving outcomes for those who need it most,” says Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing, “This new facility will expand on existing health services, supporting vulnerable British Columbians with mental health and addictions issues.”