Daily Hive, Feb. 2, 2022
The opposition leader (BC Liberal) Kevin Falcon is unveiling a 1.5 Billion addiction plan that will also feature Dr. Julian Somers’ 20 years of research.
“Falcon is promising a heightened, free and highly accessible recovery and treatment strategy for individuals enduring substance use addictions.
The funding would also be used to triple the beds at the Red Fish Healing Centre on the former Riverview Hospital lands in Coquitlam and build additional regional treatment facilities using the complex mental health support model in other regions of the province. This would ensure specialized mental health care is accessible to patients close to their home community.
Falcon adds that the BC Liberals will endorse a plan to address homelessness proposed by Dr. Julian Somers, a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. The plan by Somers focuses on “evidence-based services” and a “new approach to supporting people who have been persistently excluded and harmed by current practices.”