Updated: Richmond council pushes province to keep crisis lines local

Richmond News

Richmond city council doesn’t want to see crisis lines contracted out to private companies.

They will send a letter stating as much to the provincial government, which is in the process of requesting proposals to increase centralization of services as it upgrades its technology.

CHIMO Community Services appealed to Richmond’s mayor in a letter to put pressure on the province to stop this process.

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.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, at Monday’s general purposes committee meeting, pointed out some call centres are located 10,000 miles away.

He wanted to see the service, which deal with people in mental health crises or contemplating suicide, kept local and pointed out CHIMO has done a good job providing this service thus far.

“Where it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” Brodie said. …

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