New Approach Aims To Improve Treatment Of Mental Illness-Mental

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Mental Health in Canada

Amendments to Alberta's Mental Health Act and accompanying measures to enhance community-based mental health services will help Albertans living with mental illness and their families to access early intervention services, prevent deterioration, and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Tony Abbott, MLA Drayton Valley-Calmar, introduced Bill 31, Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007 on April 17 in the legislature. If passed, the legislation will require physicians to provide treatment recommendations to a patient's family physician when that patient is discharged from care.

"I am proud to support Bill 31 as these amendments to the Mental Health Act will help get earlier treatment for Albertans suffering from mental illness," said Abbott.

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