Additional 500 substance-use treatment beds now open in British Columbia

published on April 4, 2017 by Ministry of Health Communications in BC Gov News

As of March 31, the Province has opened 500 additional substance-use treatment and intervention beds throughout British Columbia, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

“We are committed to providing the best supports to help people with substance-use challenges,” said Lake. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery, so we have opened a number of types of beds that work together to create a continuum of care. Each of these new beds represents a chance at recovery.”

In 2013, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the health authorities, set out to create 500 new substance-use beds in recognition that additional substance-use services were needed throughout the province. A provincial steering committee made of representatives from the ministry, regional health authorities, Provincial Health Services Authority and the First Nations Health Authority worked together to guide the implementation of the beds.

Many of the beds were a result of a collaborative effort and thoughtful planning between the health authorities, municipalities and First Nations, as well as local non-profit organizations. Of the 500 new substance-use treatment beds created, over 80% were created in partnership with non-profits. In addition to partnering with local non-profits, many beds were developed with other key community providers such as BC Housing.

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