Wednesday, April 5, 2017
All's Well that Ends Well
Surrey Memorial Hospital to open a facility to help mentally ill youth
The lobby of the new facility is warm and inviting.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) will be home to a Snoezelen Room, a multi-sensory environment used to help reduce agitation and anxiety and stimulate and encourage communication, the first of its kind for children and youth in a hospital psychiatric unit in Canada.
CAPSU will serve young people from across the Fraser Health region, aged six to 17, who need a five- to seven-day stay in hospital for stabilization. Cloverdale Paint, one of the city’s oldest and most successful family-owned businesses, has contributed $1 million to the new unit through the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation. The unit will be named in their honour – the Cloverdale Paint Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit.
“CAPSU will provide more space to care for children and youth with urgent mental health issues in the Fraser region. This will also help relieve pressure on emergency departments as children and youth get the care they need, when they need it,” Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale.
Over the past 11 months, the space formerly occupied by the hospital's old emergency department has been transformed into a therapeutic environment for children and adolescents experiencing an acute mental health crisis.
“We know that when a child or adolescent is experiencing a mental health crisis, they can feel anxious and frightened. CAPSU will provide a calming environment for them to heal,” said Amrik Virk, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead.
CAPSU will provide care to children
and adolescents in a more appropriate setting. The specialized care
team on this 10-bed unit will include psychiatrists, psychiatric
nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and youth care
counsellors. Currently, young people in the Fraser Health region who
need urgent inpatient care are admitted to the six-bed unit at BC
Children's Hospital when a bed is available. If not, they either
remain in the emergency department or are admitted to a pediatric
ward or adult psychiatric unit in their local hospital.
“It’s great to see our community come together to support CAPSU and the children and youth this unit will help. Designed to be a safe, therapeutic environment, CAPSU will provide an innovative, new way to provide specialized care," added Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood.
CAPSU will open in late May. In addition to Cloverdale Paint’s contribution of $1 million to the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation's fundraising campaign for CAPSU, the Province is providing $2.2 million and Fraser Health is investing $820,000 in capital costs to create CAPSU, plus $4 million in annual operating costs.
Gordon Hogg, MLA for Surrey-White Rock offered his opinion saying “This state-of-the-art unit will provide the short-term help young people throughout the Fraser region need when they are experiencing a mental health crisis.”
"Cloverdale Paint has supported health care and education in the regions that we operate in for many years. When we heard about the pressing need for a child and youth mental health unit in our community, our family, Board of Directors and Management Group decided it was time to make the largest charitable donation in our 84-year history. These young people deserve the best possible care, and we are proud to be part of CAPSU," said Tim Vogel, CEO, Cloverdale Paint.
Today’s announcement supports a number of provincial priority areas that will help better meet the needs of people struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues. Budget 2017, with $165 million provided in targeted mental health and substance use supports and services, is helping government address gaps in the system. It is providing patients and families with better information and ways to navigate the system, and integrating and coordinating services throughout the province. The Ministry of Health invests about $1.45 billion each year to support people in need of mental health and/or substance use services and supports.