Thursday, October 14, 2021

When we formed government in 2017, the system of mental health and addictions care in this province was a fragmented system of services that had been neglected for far too long and didn’t meet people’s needs.

For the past four years our government has been busy patching holes to get people the care they need, and we have also been developing a comprehensive plan to make the systemic change required to effectively deal with the drug poisoning crisis and the additional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental health. 

This week we announced an investment of $132 million over the next three years to transform treatment and recovery services for people living with addiction. 

This funding will increase services across all regions of the province and across the continuum of care, including withdrawal management, transition and assessment, treatment, and aftercare services. Included are 65 new or enhanced services, more than 130 new staff, and approximately 195 new treatment beds. 

Island Health will see things like new residential treatment beds to support women and the extension of the Indigenous-led (Gwa'sala-'nakwaxda'xw) partnership program for alcohol treatment and recovery in Port Hardy. 
These are just some of the many programs and services that will be rolled out over the next three years. We’ll be working with health authorities to plan and implement a full set of services. 

For more information on this historic investment, visit this page.