December 17, 2015 11:36 am
Updated: December 18, 2015 9:18 am

Riverview Hospital to become a centre to treat mental health

WATCH: The British Columbia government has announced Riverview Hospital will reopen in 2017 after a massive makeover, with facilities for mental health, drug addiction, and support for young people. Rumina Daya reports.


The future of Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam has now been announced.

The 244-acre site will be home to facilities to treat mental health, substance use, and will be a community for patients undergoing care.

The B.C. Government will invest $175 million to construct two new buildings on the site, a 105-bed mental health facility to replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, and a new facility to accommodate the 28-bed Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and the 10-bed Provincial Assessment Centre.

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Those programs are currently located at Burnaby’s Willingdon Lands and will be moved.

A new 75-bed mental health facility will also open at the site in 2019 and will house the assertive outreach team, intensive case management team for youth and assertive community treatment teams established in the Lower Mainland.

“The promise outlined in our provincial mental-health plan was to a provide a wrap-around system of care for those with severe mental health or substance use concerns, who face constant and life-altering barriers,” said Minister of Health Terry Lake. “Today’s announcement takes us closer to providing those crucial services by repurposing the former Riverview lands to meet our vision of a community that helps those most in need.”

Renewing Riverview Lands also lays out a plan for a comprehensive and mixed-use community that will include a healthcare district, as well as market and supportive housing.

Everyone is invited to comment prior to the document being presented to the City of Coquitlam in early 2016.


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