In a virtual announcement today, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, Ross Romano, was joined by Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo.
The announcement was regarding a new treatment centre to be operated by Sault Area Hospital, in the city.
Ross Romano said this is great news for Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie.
“We have a very special bit of news to share with you, today is a very exciting day” said Romano.
Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, was happy to be invited and be part of bringing this much needed facility to the area.
“Long before any of us had heard of COVID-19, our government made a commitment to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addiction system for all Ontarians of course, including everyone in Sault Ste. Marie. That’s why I am very pleased to announce that our government is supporting the relocation of the residential withdrawal management program from within Sault Area Hospital to a modern dedicated suite that better meets the needs of individuals and families in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region,” said Elliott.
“Patients will have access to 20 community residential withdrawal management beds, as well as key services that support patients treatment and recovery. We are working closely with Sault Area Hospital to expedite the early stages of planning, including identifying staffing and space needs. While this work is underway, our government will be providing $343,000 per year in operational funding to support the future site and improve access to mental health and addiction services in the community.”
“Services will continue to be provided at Sualt Area Hospital, untill the new site is ready. This is an important step in the right direction. And together we will build a mental health and addiction system that ensures all Ontarians have access to the services they need, when and where they need them.”
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