Nova Scotia Health Authority statement on emergency mental health resources for children and adolescents in Cape Breton

HALIFAX, N.S. -- Nova Scotia Health Authority would like to assure the public that there will be no changes to emergency psychiatry services for children and adolescents in the Cape Breton area on Dec. 1.

All existing child and adolescent mental health and addictions services will be offered as usual, including emergency inpatient admissions at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, as well as community-based and outpatient resources.

The mental health crisis team based at Cape Breton Regional Hospital continues to provide regular support and coverage, including emergency assessments for children, youth and families in crises.

Any changes to emergency child and adolescent psychiatry services available at Cape Breton Regional Hospital will not be implemented before Jan. 1, 2018. This will allow more time for ongoing planning on how best to provide emergency psychiatric coverage to children and youth in NSHA’s eastern zone.

NSHA is committed to keeping the public updated on plans for mental health and addictions services, both in Cape Breton and across the province. We are also committed to providing Nova Scotians with the high-quality health care they deserve.


Media Contact:
Kristen Lipscombe
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Cell: (902) 478-9736
Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344

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