Ontario has allocated $1.3 million to expand services preventing opioid addiction and overdose across Waterloo Region.
Included is $274,000 to establish a Cambridge-North Dumfries Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic. Operated by House of Friendship, it will be staffed by an addictions physician, peer worker, and counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management.
“Preventing opioid addiction and overdose is key to Ontario’s overall strategy to combat the complex opioid crisis,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.
“These funds will assist our partners who are working collaboratively in their critical work in helping communities across Ontario address harm reduction and addiction treatment. This serious health issue needs a coordinated and comprehensive approach to saving lives and improving outcomes for our residents and this support will benefit families and communities in Ontario.”
In total, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) received $2.3 million from Ontario to combat opioid addictions across Waterloo Region and Wellington County, announced Nov. 9, 2017, by MPP McGarry and Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre.
The funding is part of $222 million announced province-wide, as part of Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN worked in partnership with local addiction and mental health service providers to allocate the funding to initiatives that will have the greatest immediate impact in addressing the current opioid crisis.
How the Money is allocated
The Waterloo Wellington LHIN, will provide the following organizations $1.3 million in base and one-time funding to support ongoing and new initiatives to prevent opioid addiction and overdose:
Funding allocated to base budgets:
$270,000 -- Enhancements to Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams to meet the needs of highly complex clients with significant substance use challenges.
House of Friendship
$180,000 -- Kitchener-Waterloo-Wilmot-Woolwich-Wellesley Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAC). It will be staffed by an addictions physician, peer worker, and counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management. 2 days/week
$94,000 -- Enhanced Withdrawal Management Supports to support Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) follow-up for Kitchener-Waterloo-Wilmot-Woolwich-Wellesley.
$180,000 -- Cambridge-North Dumfries Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic. It will be staffed by anddictions physician, peer worker, and counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management. 2 days/week
$94,000 - Enhanced Withdrawal Managements supports to support RAAC follow-up for Cambridge-North Dumfries.
Grand River Hospital
$59,900 -- Addition of Registered Nurse to Withdrawal Management Centre, capacity for more complex clients and increased flow. Additional counselling capacity at Withdrawal Management Centre.
eHealth Centre of Excellence
$75,000 -- Toolbar for primary care in EMR highlights morphine equivalents to assist with decreasing opioid doses and use.
House of Friendship
$81,800 -- Day treatment and outreach, including enhanced services and supports for pregnant women struggling with substance use.
$180,000 -- Residential Addictions Treatment expansion and enhancement, including follow up care
$120,000 -- Bridging support in Colleges and Universities, link in Emergency Departments. Builds on existing supports offered in suicide prevention initiatives.
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