AG Highlights Importance of Mental Health Review

AG REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW

CALGARY, AB (July 6, 2015): Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann says today’s Auditor General (AG) report on mental health delivery highlights the importance of the mental health review he is conducting.

“Today’s AG report documents the total failure of the previous regime to make progress in the area of care for those with mental health and addictions,” says Swann. “The PCs ignored recommendations from the AG, left their own action plans to collect dust, and simply played lip-service to improving the delivery of care.

“This failure has incredible economic and human costs, with individuals left to navigate a system with too many gaps in services.”

Swann was appointed by Premier Notley to co-chair a review of mental health care delivery along with MLA Danielle Larivee.

“I expect this report by the AG will certainly inform our work,” says Swann. “We have the benefit of a large collection of literature that we have to review, prioritize and make recommendations based on.

“Our biggest lesson today is the need for action to follow these studies, and the need for us to make sure our recommendations are actionable and close these gaps in service.”