Richmond group frets crisis lines could be run for profit

Richmond News

A Richmond non-profit is worried crisis line services – whose technology is being centralized in B.C. – will be farmed out to a private corporation, putting them in “jeopardy.”

CHIMO Community Services has written to Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie asking him to appeal to the provincial Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and to the Ministry of Health to stop a request for proposals (RFP) to run these operations that they say is currently underway.

The fear is the 1-800-SUICIDE line and other “distress lines” will go to a private for-profit corporation, explained Kathy Nakhleh, manager of new initiatives and crisis lines with CHIMO, in her letter. …

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