An independent review of mental health services on P.E.I. is about to be launched, said Health Minister Doug Currie in reaction to Tuesday’s auditor general’s report.
Colin Younker’s report found wait times for mental health assessment averaged 57 days, almost double the target of 28.8 days set by Health PEI.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” said Currie.
“There’s not a day or week that goes by that I’m not hearing from some Islander in respect to a family member or child, the frustrations with access to services.”
Younker found that there was no overall strategy for mental health services on the Island. Health PEI has a strategy for services, but it does not cover areas such as prevention of mental illness, promotion of mental health, and strategies for rehabilitation.