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New Innovative Program Will Improve Mental Health Care

February 15, 2012

Surrey – Mayor Dianne Watts is optimistic a new Fraser Health program will help some of Surrey’s most vulnerable citizens get the specialized care they need.

Fraser Health announced today the launch of a new Surrey Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, the first of its kind for Fraser Health. ACT, a specialized outreach program, takes mental health support outside the walls of traditional treatment facilities to community settings that are more comfortable and convenient for the most vulnerable and hard‐to‐reach clients.

“A mobile team is more effective at connecting with those individuals who are hard to reach or need more specialized care than can be provided under the traditional model of care,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The program is comprehensive, convenient, and innovative, and we believe it will make a real difference in our community.”

According to Fraser Health, the ACT team will provide flexible, community‐based support for adults with serious and persistent mental illness and significant functional impairments who have not connected with, or responded well to, traditional outpatient mental health care and rehabilitation services. Fraser Health has committed $1.9 million annually to support the program, which will have the capacity to support approximately 80 to 100 individuals, when the program is fully functional.

“The new outreach workers will help better serve and support people who are living with mental health illnesses,” says Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Community Health Programs Committee. “It’s a unique program for Fraser Health and we believe it will serve as a model for other communities across the country.”

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor

Fraser Health Media Pager