Victoria, Nov.,8.----British Columbia will launch its newest venture in treating mentally-ill people with the official opening of the Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine at Essondale, November 16.
The $1,750,000 institution, nearly two years in the building, will be officially turned over to the government at special ceremonies. Purpose behind the new clinic is to treat people with mental ailments in similar fashion to those suffering from physical troubles. It is not a mental hospital in the ordinary sense of the word. Operated by special act of the Legislature, it will be used to treat people who are sent by doctors to be given special care for mental and nervous disorders.
Mr. Pennington, who will be chairman at the opening, said Premier Johnson will attend, and Health and Welfare Minister George Pearson will formally accept the keys to the new building from Jack Boyd, president of General Construction Company. He will turn them over to Dr. A.L. Crease, director of mental hygiene and psychiatry for the province, after whom the clinic is named. Dr. Crease has directed the mental health service for B.C. for the last 25 years.