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June 15, 2006
New Housing for people who have schizophrenia in Canada
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Housing is a common problem for people with schizophrenia. Here is a recent story on how they are handling the issue in British Columbia, Canada:
"The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) will invest up to $3.3 million annually to provide 184 new affordable housing units offering intensive support to people with mental health and addiction issues on Vancouver Island, including 15 new units in Port Alberni.
VIHA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to enter into long term leases with property owners or developers to lease suitable existing or new apartment buildings. VIHA would provide 24/7 on-site clinical support.
Kathryn Kilpatrick, co-ordinator of VIHA's Port Alberni mental health and addictions program, said the new housing is sorely needed. Local residents who suffer from mental health issues also experience frequent housing crises.
"Many of our clients end up getting evicted," Kilpatrick said, adding that sometimes this is due to a lack of understanding and other times a client's ability to cope."
Addiitonally, the news story reported:
The facility will house people with illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression and organic brain disorders. Some clients with existing mental health issues also suffer from addiction issues, Kilpatrick said.
Posted by szadmin at June 15, 2006 03:03 PM
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