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Alberta provides $200-million for new child mental health facility

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Alberta provides $200-million for new child mental health facility
PHOTO COURTESY OF PROVINCE OF ALBERTA -Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman (middle) announces the new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Centre in Edmonton. Work on the 101-bed centre is scheduled to start in spring 2021 and be complete in 2024. The project is expected to create between 200 and 250 construction jobs.

EDMONTON – The Province of Alberta announced it will be building a new mental health facility for children and teens.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre will be built on Alberta Health Services-owned land immediately east of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

Plans for the facility include walk-in and urgent care clinics, 101 inpatient beds, specialized outpatient clinics, a mobile response team, intensive school-based treatment, therapeutic recreational programs and a family resource centre.

The province will contribute $200 million for the new centre. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation has committed $26 million and will receive the naming rights for the centre in recognition of its donation.

The design phase of the project is expected to get underway in the coming months. Construction of the facility is scheduled to start in spring 2021 and be complete in 2024. The project is expected to create between 200 and 250 construction jobs.

“When a child or teen is struggling with a mental health crisis or needs specialized emotional supports, they need help as quickly as possible,” said Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman in a press release. “Our government has been clear about our commitment to mental health and we are proud to partner with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation on this project. I am proud to be part of a government that is fighting for children, youth and their families.”

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