BC Needs Comprehensive Mental Health Strategy

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published a report called, Community-Based Mental Health Services in BC: Changes to Income, Employment and Housing Supports (in PDF). The report outlines how changes to the welfare process system have made it unreasonably difficult for people suffering from mental illness to access both basic income assistance and disability benefits. The study calls for the BC government to increase disability benefit rates, provide more advocates to help people navigate the welfare system, reinstitute a provincial Mental Health Advocate, and expand innovative supported housing programs. For more information read the CCPA's press release.