New community addiction services, as well as safe beds to help in times of crisis at a Transitional Housing and Crisis Stabilization Centre, are coming to North Bay.
It's part of an action plan that includes the development of a Transitional Housing and Crisis Stabilization Centre.
Funding from existing under-utilized programs is being put towards new community addiction services. With the reallocation of funding, as well as Ontario government funding for six safe beds, $1.3 million is being spent in new services that will be available at the Transitional Housing and Crisis Stabilization Centre.
“This is a good example of health care partners collaborating together to better meet the community’s needs,” said Mary Davis, Executive Director of North Bay Mental Health and Housing Services.
“With these new community withdrawal management treatment programs, people can self-refer and access help on a 24/7 basis. The six safe beds will offer an alternative for police to refer clients with mental health and addiction concerns to a safe supportive environment other than the emergency department. Creating more capacity in the community will also bring employment opportunities for the delivery of quality care services.
Partners involved in the Transitional Housing and Crisis Stabilization Centre include the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, NMHHSS and the Crisis Centre.
The centre hopes to open next summer. as work continues to select a location.