Government cutting any chance for best practice mental health treatment
NDP Justice and Mental Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government has taken a giant step backwards in adequately treating people with mental illnesses. She says neither the Waterford Hospital nor Her Majesty’s Penitentiary is physically suitable for implementing the Recovery Model, widely acknowledge as therapeutic best practice for mental health.
“Planners and officials said the Recovery Model could not be done in the existing Waterford building. People are suffering!” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Minister what is he going to do to ensure the Recovery Model can be used if the new Waterford building is years and years away?”
The NDP MHA points out that in 2012 Dr. Phillip Klassen conducted an independent review of psychiatric services at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary and made several recommendations, including that government immediately implement the recovery model at HMP, noting that it was compatible with safety in the facility and the community.
“Government failed to do so,” said Rogers. “Since a new prison is years down the road, I ask the minister of justice and public safety, what is he going to do to implement his expert’s recommendations?”