March 19, 2016 10:39 pm
Updated: March 19, 2016 10:41 pm

Rally held to keep Mountain View mental health facility permanently open

WATCH: A rally was held Saturday in Abbotsford. Supporters of the Mountain View Home want to see the facility kept open indefinitely. Julia Foy reports.


Residents of Mountain View home were thrilled to find out last month they would not have to move out this August, when it was slated to be closed for good.

Instead, Fraser Health said it will only close down when the last resident decides to leave.

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But supporters question why the Yarrow facility so beloved by the 25 patients who live there has to be phased out at all, and held a rally today to plead their case.

“Mountain View is not a facility where people are placed. Mountain View provides a home for 25 people who become a community,” said Tristan Newby, a registered nurse at Mountain View.

“We’re asking for the right to continue to do so.”

Fraser Health Authority is opening a new mental health facility in Abbotsford, which will create 30 Licensed Care beds, 20 Assisted Living beds and 18 Supported Independent Living beds.

It was Fraser Health’s original intent that many of the Mountain View patients would transfer to the new facility – and Mountain View supporters are still worried that could happen.

“Eventually there won’t be enough people here to sustain the services,” worries Katherine Hamilton of the BC Nurses Union.

“It’s a slow starvation.”

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