"People who suffer from addictions and mental illness experience an incredible amount of pain and hardship. Their friends and family members suffer as well. We need to fully implement and measure the addictions and mental health strategy so people get the care and support they need.

"There are many complexities involved, which is why we have asked MLAs David Swann and Danielle Larivee to undertake a full-scale review of Alberta’s addiction and mental health system.

“I appreciate the work of the Auditor General on this report. We accept the recommendations and will address them by working with Alberta Health Services and through our review of Alberta's mental health system."