Thursday, June 1, 2017

-'He's mentally ill and I'm keeping him in jail and he's a kid. What's wrong with this picture?'- Steve Lipton----"I'm angry, very angry. He deserves to be in a treatment facility not in jail." Lipton said he is "sick and tired" of the government not prioritizing programs and services for vulnerable, at-risk youth. -----The first option for the boy was to send him to a secure treatment bed under the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act. All of those beds are full in the southern Alberta region. Lipton said he even inquired about having the boy sent to a secure safe house for children and youth who need substance abuse treatment under the Protection for Children Abusing Drugs Act. Again, all of those beds are full.-----Julie Ali Just now · CBC News · How is it even possible that we only have nine beds for mentally ill and addicted children and youth in Southern Alberta? What the heck is the GOA doing with the money provided by the Federal Government for Mental Health initiatives? Why is this money not being used for front line workers and beds for kids in crisis? Why is this judge having to get #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything in order to find an appropriate placement for a child who does not belong in jail? He belongs in a hospital. Where are you Ms. Hoffman? 'I'm trying to save his life': Judge blasts Alberta government for mentally ill teen with nowhere to go An exasperated youth court judge summoned members of the media to his courtroom on Thursday as he dealt with the case of a mentally ill, drug addicted boy who has… CBC.CA LikeShow more reactionsCommentShare


The GOA wastes $14.2 million on a program without deliverables--that Pure North Foundation program and yet can't find the money to provide beds for children in crisis? What the heck? And we're all quiet about this ? Where are you citizens? There needs to be action. STAT. It's not the job of the judge in this case to raise media attention and share the heck out of this article --it's up to us.  We're the ones who need to hold Alberta Health accountable for its failures in delivery of mental health services especially with reference to children and youth. Where are you Sarah Hoffman?

We're asking for more beds and better access for kids in crisis. STAT.
Absolutely ridiculous situation and the entire health system is a basket case in Alberta.



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Julie Ali Where did the federal bucks go to? Pure North Foundation?
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 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/youth-court-judge-angry-lack-services-mentally-ill-teen-1.4142348

'I'm trying to save his life': Judge blasts Alberta government for mentally ill teen with nowhere to go

Indigenous 14-year-old facing charges struggles with addiction and mental illness

By Meghan Grant, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2017 5:03 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017 5:03 PM MT
A Calgary teen with mental health issues and drug addictions does not belong behind bars, says a judge who wants the boy sent to a secure treatment facility. All beds in the region are full.
A Calgary teen with mental health issues and drug addictions does not belong behind bars, says a judge who wants the boy sent to a secure treatment facility. All beds in the region are full. (CBC)
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An exasperated youth court judge summoned members of the media to his courtroom on Thursday as he dealt with the case of a mentally ill, drug addicted boy who has nowhere to go.
Judge Steve Lipton who has served on the youth court for two decades says he is "very, very angry" about the lack of services and supports available for the vulnerable boy.
'He's mentally ill and I'm keeping him in jail and he's a kid. What's wrong with this picture?'- Steve Lipton
"As a last resort I asked the media to come here because of my frustration of what is going on right now in the child welfare system," said Lipton. "I am trying to save his life."
The 14-year-old Indigenous boy — whose identity is protected by a publication ban — faces charges of assault, failure to appear, mischief, and theft.

No beds available

The teen also suffers from paranoia and hallucinations, has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea and is heavily addicted to crystal meth and alcohol. He believes people are going to kill him and inject him with drugs when he's sleeping.
"He's mentally ill and I'm keeping him in jail and he's a kid," said Lipton. "What is wrong with this picture?"
The first option for the boy was to send him to a secure treatment bed under the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act. All of those beds are full in the southern Alberta region.
Lipton said he even inquired about having the boy sent to a secure safe house for children and youth who need substance abuse treatment under the Protection for Children Abusing Drugs Act. Again, all of those beds are full.
"This is the ugly situation I am faced with today," said Lipton.

9 beds in Calgary

In 2016, the provincial health minister announced three new beds were being added bringing Calgary's complement to nine.
The judge noted the boy's social worker — who was in court today — has gone "above and beyond" her duties in her efforts to try and secure a placement for the teen.
"I'm angry, very angry. He deserves to be in a treatment facility not in jail."
Lipton said he is "sick and tired" of the government not prioritizing programs and services for vulnerable, at-risk youth.
CBC News reached out to the provincial Ministry of Children's Services but has not gotten a response yet. The Ministry of Health provided some information but was unable to give a statement.
The teen will be back in court on Monday to see if any beds have become available.



How is it even possible that we only have nine beds for mentally ill and addicted children and youth in Southern Alberta?
What the heck is the GOA doing with the money provided by the Federal Government for Mental Health initiatives?
Why is this money not being used for front line workers and beds for kids in crisis?
Why is this judge having to get #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything in order to find an appropriate placement for a child who does not belong in jail?
He belongs in a hospital.
Where are you Ms. Hoffman?
An exasperated youth court judge summoned members of the media to his courtroom on Thursday as he dealt with the case of a mentally ill, drug addicted boy who has…
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