Help B.C.'s kids with substance abuse and mental illness issues. Please pass Bill M-240.
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The Safe Care Act, introduced in B.C. before the last provincial election, was shelved when the new government was elected. The act gives parents and case workers the power to have children dealing with issues of mental health, substance abuse and sexual exploitation, to be held involuntarily for up to 30 days for assessment and the creation of a care plan.
Safe care legislation has never been passed into law in B.C. due to concerns of infringing on young people's rights. Seven other provinces in Canada have provincial legislation for their own type of safe care acts, for the involuntary confinement of children.
Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have them. Saskatchewan also has a secure care provision built into basic child protection legislation. Alberta has an additional law that allows confinement of children who have been sexually exploited.
We want children in British Columbia to get help for their issues with substance abuse,mental illness and sexual exploitation, when they are not capable of helping themselves. Please pass Bill M-240.
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