Friday, February 17, 2017

--B.C.’s deal announced Friday included $785 million for home care and $654 for mental-health initiatives.---------Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba are the only provinces left without such an agreement, despite all provincial and territorial governments initially calling for a collective agreement on better terms after health care negotiations broke down in December.--------Julie Ali · University of Alberta About time that the GOA came to its senses and made the deal #MakeTheDealABHealth The dedicated funding to the mental health system is long overdue and must be utilized for patients. It is ridiculous mentally ill folks are treated so abysmally in Alberta. Why for example do we have mentally ill patients being subject to do not resuscitate orders against their will at the Grey Nuns Hospital? There needs to be individualized integrated care plans for mentally ill citizens; there needs to be reviews of any mentally ill citizen subject to DNR orders especially when their personal directive indicates full resuscitation. In my handicapped sister's case only strong advocacy prevented premature termination. Prompt access to psychiatric help, hospitalization for crisis and ongoing supports and services must be provided to the mentally ill citizens of Alberta. They are not second class citizens. Their human rights should be respected and affirmed. This deal will begin the process of change Like · Reply · Just now


About time the government of Alberta got going and made the deal for dedicated money for mental health services.
Mental health issues are no different from other health issues but the mentally ill are unable to advocate for themselves.
They are the most stigmatised sector of our society with no respect afforded to them. Their human rights are ignored even to the point of death where they are subject to do not resuscitate orders by physicians at the Grey Nuns Hospital where apparently a patient suffering from sky high carbon dioxide levels is capable of making health care decisions. So neat. What we need here is not only a revamped mental health system but a reboot of the entire system so that the rights of citizens are respected. Get going Ms. Notley. There isn't much time left before we reboot this poor culture at government in the next provincial election.
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Notley says Alberta getting closer to health deal with Ottawa

Published on: February 17, 2017 | Last Updated: February 17, 2017 5:41 PM MST
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will travel to Washington, D.C., later this month to discuss trade.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will travel to Washington, D.C., later this month to discuss trade. LARRY WONG / POSTMEDIA NETWORK
With the united front among provinces on health care funding long since crumbled, Premier Rachel Notley signalled Friday that Alberta is prepared to agree to its own one-off deal with Ottawa on transfers.
British Columbia became the latest province to reach a bilateral agreement with the Trudeau government with the announcement Friday of a 10-year, $1.4 billion health-funding agreement.
Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba are the only provinces left without such an agreement, despite all provincial and territorial governments initially calling for a collective agreement on better terms after health care negotiations broke down in December.
In a news conference in Edmonton, Notley said the province is in ongoing talks with the federal government.
“We are getting closer. We are having productive discussions,” the premier said when asked if a bilateral deal was imminent.
“But we’re not at a point yet where we’re able to specifically talk about that yet.”
Notley has, along with other premiers, called in the past for a First Ministers Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hammer out a new accord on health funding.
But the premier downplayed that idea Friday.
“What we’re saying is we want to make sure we ultimately come to a resolution that is the best for Alberta, and obviously the best for Canada,” she said.
Negotiations over a health-care pact broke down because provinces wanted more money while Ottawa wanted to target additional funds to specific areas such as home care and mental health.
B.C.’s deal announced Friday included $785 million for home care and $654 for mental-health initiatives.
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Julie Ali
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About time that the GOA came to its senses and made the deal #MakeTheDealABHealth

The dedicated funding to the mental health system is long overdue and must be utilized for patients. It is ridiculous mentally ill folks are treated so abysmally in Alberta. Why for example do we have mentally ill patients being subject to do not resuscitate orders against their will at the Grey Nuns Hospital?

There needs to be individualized integrated care plans for mentally ill citizens; there needs to be reviews of any mentally ill citizen subject to DNR orders especially when their personal directive indicates full resuscitation.
In my handicapped sister's case only strong advocacy prevented premature termination.

Prompt access to psychiatric help, hospitalization for crisis and ongoing supports and services must be provided to the mentally ill citizens of Alberta. They are not second class citizens. Their human rights should be respected and affirmed. This deal will begin the process of change
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