Crisis center: no shovelful 18 years later
In pandemic mode, the crisis center would be even more relevant, according to JEVI's general manager, Tania Boilard.
Share November 5, 2020 3:00 a.m. Updated at 8:09 a.m. Share Crisis center: no shovelful 18 years later
Tommy Brochu La Tribune Nearly two decades after the community sector raised the need, the mental health crisis center project is still on track, according to the words of the member for Sherbrooke Christine Labrie. She was invited to a meeting by the CIUSSS de L'Estrie-CHUS to discuss it in two weeks.
“I don't know what the new deadline is, I hope to learn it [at the meeting],” said Ms. Labrie, who had not yet received the meeting's agenda.
“I spoke with Mr. Tremblay [Editor's note: Stéphane, CEO of the CIUSSS de L'Estrie-CHUS] and the president of the CIUSSS board, continues Ms. Labrie. It was then that he reiterated their commitment to get the project started. At that time, they weren't able to give me a timeline. I knew that the file had been handed over to a new community organizer. “
Remember that in November 2002, the Table de concertation sur l'itinérance in Sherbrooke urgently called for a crisis center, wrote La Tribune . Eighteen years later, this center has still not been erected.
Ms. Labrie has also felt that this project has been a need for several years.
“These are not current events that should play on this need. Rather, it is the aggregate data that we have as an indicator. We have studies that have been done in recent months that have shed light on the increasing importance of these problems in the community, ”thinks the member for Québec Solidaire.
But what is missing to achieve this project? “Money,” deplores Tania Boilard, a promoter of this project and general manager of JEVI. It's sad, but that's it. Several organizations are in place, are functional and meet needs. “
In 2014, Ms. Boilard and her team submitted a plan for a crisis center, which would have cost approximately $ 893,000. “We submitted a modified project in fall 2019 to reflect the new Estrie region. We revised the project to bring it up to date with updated financial resources. At the start of 2020, we had meetings with the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS to see if this project is supported, if we need to modify it. We had great working meetings, ”she mentions, expressing that MPs Hébert and Labrie support the project.
“COVID-19 has arrived. The working meetings have ceased, says Ms. Boilard. What I hear about and what questions me, it seems that the work continued without us. We have never been arrested since February 2020. What I hear is that the process is continuing, but I have no idea what is being considered by the CIUSSS. We were never made aware of the resumption of work. “
This project, then submitted to the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, was estimated at $ 976,000.
However, Boilard says it is starting to be difficult to keep hope. “I think that there will be a service offer created in this direction, but I do not believe that it takes the form of a crisis center as it has been proposed and as it exists in other regions. It really is an impression. “