SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ken Brown Recovery Home will receive $27,024 for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding will support important renovations, both inside and outside of the Ken Brown Recovery Home.
“This funding will help address addiction issues in Sault Ste. Marie. The allocation of $27,024 will go towards upgrading the Ken Brown Recovery Home and increase security measures to ensure the home can continue to safely operate,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “This important funding will help ensure that Saultites can safely access services, when and where they need it.”
The Ken Brown Recovery Home provides a home for men, 16 years of age and older, who are afflicted with the disease of addiction. Through care, counselling, and rehabilitation, this abstinence based Residential Treatment program assists clients toward the achievement of sustainable, long-term recovery. In Sault Ste. Marie, the Ken Brown Recovery Home provides support in a small-scale atmosphere where low resident-counsellor ratios are best suited for recovery. This successful and demonstrated approach enables residents to maximize their experience and interaction with fellow residents and counsellors alike.
“The Ken Brown Recovery Home (KBRH), a not for profit charitable organization has operated a Residential Addictions Treatment facility in Sault Ste. Marie for over 43 years. We have cared for thousands of men who suffer from the effects of the Disease of Addiction.” said Ken Roney, Executive Director and Rev. Mr. Rob Thibodeau, Senior Counsellor. “Addiction is not a choice, it is an Illness, and we are pleased that the Ford Government recognizes the important work the KBRH does in the Community and the Algoma district by supporting, through this funding announcement, the infrastructure needs of our Recovery Home. This generous funding approval will assist the KBRH to continue to provide much needed Addiction services to this vulnerable sector of our community.”
The Ontario government is investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient’s experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario’s world-class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms. Projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.
- Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.