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Delta is working with the B.C. Government to address Community Mental Health Issues and Policing

Mar 25, 2014

The Honourable Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, MLA Scott Hamilton, Delta North, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, and Delta Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, met earlier this week to discuss strategies for addressing mental health, substance abuse, policing and other important community issues.

In Delta, approximately 45% of all calls to the Police involve a person suffering from a mental health issue, which prompted Mayor Jackson, in her role as Chair of the Police Board, to work with the Board to introduce a Community Health Intervention Program, to address this issue.

Delta Council is collaborating with the B.C. Government to lobby for a review of the current system of dealing with repeat offenders and to determine how resources can be reallocated towards programs that help offenders deal with their mental health and addiction issues, as opposed to repeated incarceration.  At the March 10, 2014 Regular Meeting, Delta Council endorsed a resolution regarding Concurrent Disorders and Chronic Offenders, to be submitted to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association for endorsement and consideration as a resolution to debate at the upcoming the Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference scheduled for this September.

“In order to best address important issues such as mental health, policing and substance use, it’s critical that local communities show strong leadership in the push for local solutions; that is exactly what Delta is doing,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “At a provincial level, our government continues to support work in this area, most recently through our B.C. Policing and Community Safety Plan.”

“In my role as a local MLA, I was proud to work and present information on this important meeting together with Mayor Lois E. Jackson,” said Scott Hamilton, MLA for Delta-North, “demonstrating our high level of commitment to issues affecting our community.”

“We need to continue working towards a multi-faceted approach to address mental health, addictions and other public safety issues affecting not just our community, but the entire region,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Through collaboration with the Provincial government and community partners, including Delta Police, Delta School District and a range of local agencies, we are committed to expanding our roadmap for addressing these challenging issues affecting vulnerable individuals of all ages in our community.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Office of Mayor Lois E. Jackson at 604-946-3210 or e-mail mayor@delta.ca