Cost-sharing deal could keep facility for mentally ill patients operating full-time in Dorchester.

A deal aimed at keeping the Shepody Healing Centre in Dorchester operating full-time is being negotiated by the federal and provincial governments, says Health Minister Victor Boudreau. The federal institution was slated to stop offering around-the-clock care on April 1, 2015 before that date was extended by the Correctional Service of Canada. The change would mean the most serious mentally ill inmates would be treated elsewhere, likely in Quebec City or hospitals.

Shepody is the Atlantic regional treatment centre for mentally ill prisoners that is run by Correctional Service of Canada. If Shepody were to close, the nearest facility for inmates with severe mental illness would be at Archambault Institution in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec.

CBC News