October 28, 2022 – Government of PEI: Construction of a new Mental Health and Addictions Emergency and Short Stay Unit – a first-of-its-kind in Atlantic Canada – is underway as part of an overall plan to build a more resilient mental health and addictions service in the province, making it easier and more convenient for Islanders seeking urgent care and support.
The nearly $9 million provincial investment will see the dedicated 8,000 square foot facility built adjacent to the existing Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department, ensuring Islanders experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis can get the clinical care and support they need 24/7.
“Every Islander deserves to be supported along their journey to wellness and to have access to the most appropriate mental health and addictions services that meet their unique needs, especially during times of urgency,” says Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson.
“Mental health and addictions care is critical to front-line services, and this important investment in a dedicated Mental Health and Addictions Emergency and Short Stay Unit will allow trained health care professionals to provide high-quality care to Islanders during critical times of need in an appropriate setting that fully supports them and their families, both now and into the future.”
Read the full news release here