Vancouver – Thirty new substance use treatment beds for adults across the province are now accepting referrals through contracted providers managed by BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
"We have opened 500 additional new substance-use beds over the past three years, however we also recognize that more resources are needed in the face of the overdose crisis,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The emergency harm reduction measures we’ve introduced such as overdose prevention sites and expanded access to naloxone and Suboxone must go hand in hand with longer-term strategies to support addictions treatment across the province. That’s why we have dedicated substantial new resources toward additional treatment beds and the BC Centre on Substance Use’s work on research and training to ensure the entire system of care is effective and evidence-based.”
Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society in Surrey will provide 20 of the additional beds. The other 10 beds will be provided by Cedars Discovery Centre Ltd. located in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. All beds are expected to be open by April 15, 2017.
The proponents were selected following a thorough evaluation process. Both contracts are for one year, with the possibility of renewal. BCMHSUS will work closely with the selected proponents over the course of the contract term to coordinate provincial access to the program and provide contract management.
“It’s critical that we provide more evidence-informed treatment services for adults dealing with substance use challenges in B.C.,” said BCMHSUS Vice-President Lynn Pelletier. “We are delighted to work in partnership with the Phoenix Society and Cedars at Cobble Hill to provide residential treatment services for people across the province”.
BCMHSUS will evaluate the quality of the contracted services in order to determine the most effective substance use treatment service delivery model to be implemented in the longer term.
The Ministry of Health, through the Provincial Health Services Authority, is providing $3.4 million to fund this initiative over the next fiscal year. This is part of the provincial government’s investment of $10 million to create 60 new intensive residential treatment beds and 50 intensive outpatient treatment spaces in the short term as part of the battle against the epidemic of illicit drug overdoses.
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for adults across the province. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in tertiary mental health and substance use planning, health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching. Recognizing that people with mental health challenges may also have co-occurring substance use concerns, the assessment and treatment of substance use issues is an integral part of our programs.
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five regional health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit www.phsa.ca or follow us on Twitter @PHSAofBC.
Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society: www.phoenixsociety.com
Cedars Recovery Society: www.cedarscobblehill.com
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