Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare recently received support from the provincial government in the form of two significant investments for addictions services in response to COVID-19 and to contribute more broadly to the modernization of our mental health and addiction as a center of excellence in mental health and addiction.
Withdrawal Management Services received one-time funding from the Addictions Recovery Fund, which will allow the program to implement intensive addictions treatment services in bed. This funding, which will support the initiative in fiscal years 2022/2023 and 2023/2024, will support the opening of two intensive beds in our residential withdrawal management program specific to clients with severe substance dependence with anticipated medical needs .
This funding will allow the introduction of two of these specialty beds, which will be very valuable to Windsor-Essex, as there are very few types of these beds in the entire province. Additional Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) will be recruited to join the WMS team to provide specialized and comprehensive medical care to this population. This APN role will complement existing resources within WMS, including addiction counselors, addiction physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and pharmacy.
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HDGH currently offers a 20-bed withdrawal center and community withdrawal services for those willing and safe to retire to their home or other environment. WMS is an essential part of the addictions care journey and is a natural entry point for those seeking treatment where individuals are connected to other forms of treatment and longer term support services.
They also received ongoing funding for a unique new service in support of a comprehensive and modern mental health and addictions system that reflects the principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.
In order to fill gaps in services and support the local Indigenous population, HDGH received funding to create a new role called an Indigenous Peer Support Services Worker within MHA services. This role is part of an effort to improve access to and quality of addictions services through the Roadmap to Wellness.
The Indigenous Peer Support Services Worker will provide substance abuse and concurrent disorders support and advocacy to patients, caregivers and their families. This person will draw on their own personal or family experience to guide others in thinking about their unique goals. This role has a different focus than the Indigenous navigator roles that are in place at local hospitals, but the services will operate in a complementary way to each other.
Demand and service availability for these two services, particularly temporary intensive bed addiction treatment services, will be closely assessed throughout the duration of the funding for future planning.