Using the inaccurate label “patient” for hard-to-house persons with a severe addiction and/or mental disorder is a liberty that the Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health, permits himself as he announces an action plan to deliver treatment for the most complex form of Severe Addiction and/or Mental Illness (SAMI). The plan is focused on the subset of persons with this diagnosis who present a greater than average risk to themselves and others.
Lake commented that he “directed the Ministry of Health to develop the plan in response to community concerns in Vancouver and ensure evidence-based approaches are in place to better support patients throughout the province.”
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