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Nova Scotia minister looks for improvements to youth mental health care

06/11/2015 12:57 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 05:59 EDT
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's health minister says he is looking into improving mental health support for young people, following an incident where a teenager was turned away from a children's hospital in Halifax.

Leo Glavine says he plans to meet with Dr. Stan Kutcher, an expert in adolescent mental health at the IWK Health Centre.

"I want to see the strongest mental health support for our adolescent and early adult population, where there do seem to be gaps in the system," Glavine told reporters Thursday.

Glavine says he is interested in seeing how other jurisdictions are serving that demographic.

The IWK says it is reviewing the case of a 14-year-old girl who came to the hospital for care, but whose mother says was turned away only to be admitted after police returned her to the facility hours later.

A hospital spokesman said Wednesday that the hospital was looking into what happened and would see if there are procedures that should be changed, but could not comment on the specific case.

Glavine said earlier this week that his staff had looked into the incident and was satisfied that the appropriate process was followed.

"I want to review what more is it that we can be doing so we don't have these disturbing cases that require police, require the media to bring them to our attention," he said Thursday.

Glavine says he would like to know if changes are needed to the triage system.

"Is there a different process around triaging somebody whose behaviours are out of control in the school, in the community, at home, and there has been prior knowledge around mental health issues?" he said.

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