Date: September 4, 2008
For immediate release
OTTAWA, September 4, 2008 – Individuals living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will benefit from two new treatment services thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable George Abbott, B.C. Minister of Health Services, today announced an investment of $10 million for two new treatment initiatives aimed at helping people with complex mental health issues and addiction problems to full recovery.
“These two new treatment initiatives represent the creation
of treatment stabilization beds and the launch of an effective service
delivery model so that persons with more disabling disorders have
a range of treatment options,” said Minister Clement.
investment demonstrates our Government’s commitment to help
to bring addicts to full recovery and promote healthy life-style
“Some of the most serious types of mental illnesses and addiction
issues are seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” said
B.C. Health Services Minister George Abbott.
“The new specifically
designed treatment services and the 20 treatment beds for marginalized
women support our plan to get some of our most vulnerable residents
off the streets, provide transitional support and bring stability
into people’s lives.”
“These new services will augment the significant addiction
treatment programs we already provide in Vancouver’s Downtown
Eastside,” said Dr. David Marsh, Medical Director of Addiction,
HIV and Aboriginal Health Services for Vancouver Coastal Health.
is a key part of our continuum of care, and existing programs will
be an important and ongoing source of referrals to these new services.”
The first service initiative is a new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for Concurrent Disorders, and the second is a Residential/Day Program for Female Survival Sex Workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
As part of the National Anti-Drug Strategy’s Treatment Action Plan, these new and comprehensive treatment service initiatives are aimed at helping individuals with complex mental health and addiction problems, with a focus on women involved in the sex trade, living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The new treatment service initiatives include:
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is implementing these treatment service programs in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health Services, the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, as well as community-based organizations and women's service agencies.
For more information about the Assertive Community Treatment for Concurrent Disorders, and the Residential/Day Program for Female Survival Sex Workers, please contact the BC Ministry of Health Services.
For more information about this and related announcements, please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy Web site.
The National Anti-Drug Strategy is a collaborative effort by Health Canada, Public Safety Canada and Justice Canada and includes three action plans: preventing illicit drug use; treating those with illicit drug dependencies; and combating the production and distribution of illicit drugs.
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