Millions for addiction and mental health in B.C.’s budget for ‘unprecedented need’

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By Amy Smart
The Canadian Press
April 20, 2021


British Columbia’s finance minister says the government is making the largest investment in mental health and addictions in the province’s history as part of Budget 2021.

Selina Robinson said the budget includes $500 million over three years to expand youth mental health programs, add 195 treatment and recovery beds for substance users and expand programs that respond to the overdose crisis.

“We are taking action to help end the tragedy playing out in communities around British Columbia,” Robinson said Tuesday. “Our plan meets the unprecedented need with a historic response.”

That includes $330 million for treatment and recovery services for substance users, $152 million of which is dedicated to opioid treatment.

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