An amendment to the Mental Diseases Act in 1959, resulted in an additional section to the act that regarded the admission of children into “Emotionally Disturbed Children’s Wards.”1Prior to the amendment being passed, children with emotional disturbances were sometimes cared for at the Provincial Training School, which was chiefly designed to support people with disabilities.2 In order to create a distinct facility that catered to the mental health of children, a pilot project called the Linden House was launched.3 The Linden House remained at the same location as the Provincial Training School, but was a separate building specifically designed to care for “emotionally disturbed” children.4 The pilot project was successful, and was extended in 1965.5
1. Germaine M. Dechant, Winter’s children: the emergence of children’s mental health services in Alberta, 1905-2005, n.p.: Edmonton: Muttart Foundation, c2006., 2006. University of Alberta Library, EBSCOhost (accessed August 13, 2018), 61-67.