Champlain LHIN Expands Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
NEWS - November 23, 2017 - The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is increasing treatment services to meet the growing needs of people with addictions to opioids. A total of $1.7 million in ongoing funding is being invested in a number of health agencies across the Champlain region.
The key aims are to expand and better coordinate services, making it easier and quicker for people to get services that fit their own treatment needs. Because each person with an opioid addiction is unique and at a different stage in his or her treatment journey, the new and expanded services offer a range of options.
The new services will be integrated into existing programs along the continuum of care, including prevention, early intervention, stabilization, treatment and harm reduction. For example, new community-based treatment counselling services will complement existing withdrawal management beds (sometimes referred to as ‘detox’) and residential addiction treatment spaces.
New services will also complement harm-reduction programs provided by other organizations, which are providing training on naloxone kits and opening supervised injection sites, for example.
Two important outcomes are expected:
- Through screening, assessment, motivational counselling, goal-setting, skill-building, and treatment planning, the new and expanded services will assist in addressing underlying issues such as mental-health or other life challenges, and
- The services will help save lives during a time of a national opioid crisis.
Some of the new services are already up and running. Others will be implemented in the coming weeks. Currently, the greatest needs are in Ottawa, but investments are also being made in other parts of the region.
Information on New Services
- For youth and their families, the Champlain LHIN is increasing the number of health professionals working in withdrawal management and drug addiction treatment counselling. These workers will be located in the community and in a residential treatment setting. Four rapid access points for youth and families are now available across Ottawa to help them find the services they need and want in a timely way.
- Adults facing the challenges of opioid addiction will also benefit from the new services. The LHIN is investing in health professionals to support and provide addiction treatment counselling for adults, including pregnant and parenting women. In addition, a Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic is now operational for adults at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre.
- Funding is also being provided to Indigenous Peoples to put in place culturally appropriate addiction treatment counselling, and to support pain-management strategies for clients receiving primary care.
- For those who are homeless, the LHIN is funding health professionals to provide addiction treatment counselling, as well as to prevent and treat opioid overdoses. Part of the treatment includes offering alternative opioid drugs in a controlled manner to prevent fatal overdoses resulting from the use of illicit and counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl.
"There isn't just one answer to solving the opioid crisis. In addition to the existing $23 million investments in addictions services in our region, the Champlain LHIN is providing significant, ongoing funding for new opioid-related programs that meet the differing needs of people in various communities.
"We want to ensure that health services are well-coordinated and highly responsive. Ultimately, along with numerous partners, our vision is to support people’s health and well-being and build healthy communities."
- Chantale LeClerc, Champlain LHIN CEO
"This $1.7 million investment by the Champlain LHIN — an agency of the Government of Ontario — will provide critical support to increase treatment services in an effort to meet the growing needs of people with addictions to opioids.
"Each person with an opioid addiction will be in a unique place on their journey to recovery and these funds will expand and better coordinate services, making it easier and quicker for people to get the services that best fit their own treatment needs."
- Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre
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