Children and family development bureaucrats have had one of the ministry's most precious programs removed from their care. The provincial Liberals have transfered responsibility for child and youth mental health to the civil servants at health, who also currently hold the adult mental health file. That amalgamation, which existed before the Liberals came into office, might seem to make sense. But there are apparently concerns within the bureaucracy that, with so many other programs to look after, health may not pay enough attention to the child and youth mental health plan - introduced two years ago by then Children and Family Development Minister Gordon Hogg.
June 21, 2005