New integrated mental health teams for people with severe mental health challenges will be added in Victoria, Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley, which could help the heavily over-burdened teams take on new clients in need of help.
Six new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams — made up of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, nurses, police, addiction-recovery workers, mental-health workers and probation officers — will be added across the province, the B.C. government announced Sunday.
In addition to the three new teams on Vancouver Island, ACT teams will also be added to Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Kelowna. Up to 60 new people will be hired.