Mandate pushes mental health and addiction minister to expand support in schools – CBC

UCP promised to create 60 ‘mental health classrooms’ in election platform

Aug 02, 2023

Alberta’s premier wants her mental health and addiction minister to expand help for children and youth in Alberta schools and communities.

Premier Danielle Smith’s mandate letter to Minister Daniel Williams instructs him to bring United Conservative Party election promises to life, including the creation of four new inpatient mental wellness centres for youth.

“We recognize that prevention and caring for youth is the best way for us to deal with this as a system, as a province, and as society,” Williams said in a Wednesday interview.

During the May provincial election, the UCP campaigned on building four 30-bed “youth centres of excellence” in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge to specialize in addiction recovery and healing from trauma.

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