Riverview Village Intentional Community Society documents on the proposal for a therapeutic community and related subjects


Riverview Village: An innovative, ground-breaking community for the Riverview Lands
July 30, 2014
The original discussion paper on the model, July 2014. It begins with a sketch of the institutional model (the old Riverview Hospital) and of deinstitutionalization and its problems, then moves on from there to describe the proposed third model for the seriously mentally ill, a mixed population "intentional community" on the Riverview Lands..

Questions and Answers
Last revised May 28, 2015
An elaboration of the proposal, covering the community model, development of the Village, the clinical story, economic factors, and relationships and belonging. The additional details answer questions that arose consequent to the release of the proposal document.

Making the 'intentional community' explicit
January 12, 2016
Response to B.C. Housing's December 2015 "vision" document for renewing the Lands. While congratulating B.C. Housing on envisaging a Village in the centre of the Lands that would be inclusive of people with a mental illness, it points to the crucial need to take the next step - an explicit commitment to an intentional community for the benefit of those with a serious mental illness, rather than a generic village.

Intentional communities with therapeutic or developmental objectives
September 15, 2016
Analysis of how intentional communities work, throwing light on the potential for Riverview.  Seven existing therapeutic community are described, covering those with a serious mental illness, those struggling with addiction, the developmentally disabled and  Alzheimer's patients.   Commonalities are explored.  Includes links to resource materials. 

Notes for presentation to the Riverview Lands Advisory Committee
October 11, 2016
Speaking notes for a presentation to the City of Coquitlam's Riverview Lands Advisory Committee, making the point again of the need for B.C. Housing to commit to an intentional community for the benefit of the mentally ill.

Alignment of the Rivervew Village Intentional Community proposal and the Higenbottam recommendations adopted by the City of Coquitlam
November 30, 2016
Written in response to a request made by the City's Riverview Lands Advisory Committee. Its finding: "There is good symbiosis between the two proposals and no basic conflict."