Nfld. & Labrador

Criticism won't nix Paradise treatment centre

The province is going ahead with a controversial treatment centre in Paradise, despite objections from the community.
Health Minister Susan Sullivan said a mental health treatment centre will be built in Paradise. (CBC)

The province is going ahead with a controversial treatment centre in Paradise, despite objections from the community.

The centre is being designed to treat young people with complex mental health problems.

Many people who attended a public meeting about the centre last week said they were blind-sided by the information, and wanted more notice about the plan.

The province's new health minister disagreed.

"There certainly has been enough lead time," said Susan Sullivan.

"I believe in this particular instance, we committed to a public meeting. We did a public meeting and we provided the information and we'll still commit to meeting with people if they have issues and concerns."

Sullivan said she believes some people in Paradise have questions about the centre but aren’t opposed to the centre altogether.

"I don't think anyone in Paradise who is saying to us they don't want to see a treatment centre happen. They had some concerns. We were willing to address them. We did that," she said.

Sullivan says the department is willing to meet with any residents who still have concerns.

Paradise was mentioned as a possible site to treat young people with mental health problems in the province’s budget last year and the year before.

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