Lindsey died on July 16th, 2012. After investigating Lindsey's death for more than 4 years the BC Coroner's Office has denied an inquest into his death. We are appealing that decision. We are continuously working on raising awareness as Lindsey's tragic death was preventable and is not an isolated case. This type of negligence in supported housing and how folks with addictions/mental health issues are treated in hospitals is unjust and appalling and must stop. To do that changes must be made to the system.
We are seeking regulations and a standard of care to be put in place for any type of government funded supported housing program. So for example, 24 hour wellness checks would be a standard policy of every housing program. Lindsey's mom created a program that will help people look out for each other while living in supported housing. As of November, 2018, this program is being piloted in Vancouver, BC.
Hospitals need to put a standardized consent in the admissions form that will allow an emergency contact be contacted if that person's illness/situation is life-threatening and they leave the hospital without warning.
These changes would save many lives. Lindsey's life could have been one of those saved by having these simple, effective standard practices in place.