Treatment for Mental Health and Addictions in Rural Communities



NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership


Whereas the number of people in BC, including rural and remote communities, experiencing mental health and addictions issues continues to increase; and

Whereas rural and remote communities lack sufficient resources, including treatment beds, detox facilities, and specialized staff to provide adequate quality care, and travel to distant treatments facilities is a barrier to treatment; and

Whereas the Provincial Government has committed to expanding complex care, treatment, and aftercare across the Province to provide quality care to British Columbians where and when needed; 

Therefore be it resolved that the Province commit to establishing mental health and addictions treatment facilities in smaller communities in Northern BC, reducing the barriers to treatment for all residents including Indigenous Peoples.