Ford Government Will Continue Funding Opioids Addiction Treatment Sites in St. Catharines, Hamilton and 13 other Ontario Communities

Announcement Follows Outcry from Province’s New Democratic Party and Others as Deadline Approaches for Re-Funding Treatment Sites

Sites for continued funding include one at Positive Living Niagara on Queenston Street in St. Catharines and at the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre on Rebecca Street in Hamilton

“Our government takes the opioids crisis very seriously,”               – Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, March 29th, 2019.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott

A News Release from the Ontario Government

Posted March 29th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario’s Government for the People is putting patients at the centre of our integrated health care system. As part of this commitment the Government of Ontario is ensuring those struggling with drug addiction can connect with full wrap-round supports for treatment and rehabilitation services, by approving 15 Consumption and Treatment Services sites in communities with high need and will continue to accept applications from interested organizations.

St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens spoke out, again, for continued funding of a treatment site in St. Catharines/Niagara this March 28th

“Our government takes the opioids crisis very seriously,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “That’s why we’ve created a new Consumption and Treatment Services model that will continue to save lives by preventing overdoses and connecting people to primary care, treatment, rehabilitation, and other health and social services to ensure those struggling with drug addiction get the help they need.”

To support building a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions treatment system, Consumption and Treatment Services applications were reviewed against the program criteria, which includes:

  • Addressing local needs
  • Offering integrated wrap-around health and social services
  • Providing evidence of community support and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing community engagement
  • Considering proximity to other Consumption and Treatment Services as well as licensed child care centres, parks and schools
  • Meeting accessibility criteria and laws  

“This announcement is part of our commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to finally develop and implement a comprehensive, connected and integrated mental health and addictions treatment strategy, centred around patients, family and caregivers,” said Elliott.

“We will continue to make mental health and addictions a priority and work toward creating an Ontario where everyone is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Consumption and Treatment Services Sites

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Building a Connected Public Health Care System for the Patient

For news Niagara At Large posted this March 28th on a call from St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens to keep the addition treatment site funded in St. Catharines/Niagara, click onhttps://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/03/28/niagara-area-mpp-calls-on-ford-conservatives-to-keep-life-saving-overdose-prevention-site-open-in-st-catharines/

This News Release just in from Ontario’s New Democratic Funding about Ford Government’s failure to find Addiction Treatment Sites in six other regions of the province, including Windsor – 

Ford denies approval to six overdose prevention sites, risking lives – Ontario NDP

March 29th, 2019

Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic

QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, released the following statement in response to news that the Ford Conservatives are approving only 15 overdose prevention sites — even fewer than the 21 sites the Conservative government said it would allow.

“The opioid crisis in Ontario is getting worse. Twenty-one overdose prevention sites was never going to be enough to meet the need. It’s simply unconscionable for the Ford Conservatives to literally put people’s lives at risk by denying approval to six overdose prevention sites, approving just 15 sites for the whole province.

What will happen to the people who rely on those overdose prevention sites is unthinkable. We need to give people suffering from addictions a chance at survival. For some, this callous decision could snuff out that chance.

Ford’s approvals leave regions like Windsor without any sites at all, leaving hospital emergency rooms to bear the full impact of the opioid crisis.

The NDP is urging this government to declare a public health crisis; fund the overdose prevention sites based on need, not an arbitrary cap; and listen to the front-line workers who perform this life-saving work.”

(A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –

When is the Ontario government going to start prosecuting and jailing representatives of the medical and pharmaceutical industries who are recklessly peddling opioids to people?

Maybe if the world saw a few doctors and drug company executives get the kind of stiff jail terms street dealers get, it would help do a little to make  the opioids crisis  start turning around.)

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One response to “Ford Government Will Continue Funding Opioids Addiction Treatment Sites in St. Catharines, Hamilton and 13 other Ontario Communities

  1. Tragic that some may die at the six sites not renewed.
    Government “For The People?

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