The Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group as the Social/Housing Advisory Group for the Riverview Lands visioning project has submitted the following feedback to the Riverview Lands on-line open house (#5) on the final report “A Vision for Renewing Riverview”:
The Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group is pleased to see that the scope of “A Vision for Renewing Riverview” with regards mental health & addictions services, housing and a complete community on the Riverview Lands is consistent with the Task Group’s “Riverview Lands Statement of Need” dated 29 May 2014, and in this way recognizes the potential of the site to meet health and housing needs in both the local and broader communities.
We understand that “A Vision for Renewing Riverview” simply sets the direction for development of the Riverview Lands, with specific detail to be developed during the Master Planning phase. The Task Group welcomes the Province’s commitment to relocate 3 existing mental health & substance use programs currently located at the Willingdon site in Burnaby to new facilities at Riverview, with a modest increase of capacity at the new Centre for Mental Health & Addiction. However, our expectation is that these relocations will not preclude incorporating other facilities and services at Riverview for which a gap has been identified in our Statement of Need – adolescent psychiatric beds and outpatient services for the Fraser North area, additional severe concurrent disorder beds, a substance abuse centre for persons with addictions that do not require medically-supervised withdrawal management, and a sobering & assessment centre.
For a copy of “A Vision for Renewing Riverview” and to provide feedback, visit Renewing Riverview