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Ontario Improving Access to Addiction Treatment in Brantford

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Ontario Improving Access to Addiction Treatment in Brantford

Province Investing in New Withdrawal and Treatment Program at St. Leonard’s

Ministry of Health

Ontario is expanding the addiction treatment program at St. Leonard's Community Services in Brantford to reduce wait times and improve access to high quality addiction supports.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Dave Levac, MPP for Brant, to announce that the province is investing in a new Residential Withdrawal Management and Addiction Treatment Program at St. Leonard's Community Services.

 This new program will enable St. Leonard's to add around-the-clock care for individuals receiving services while staying on site, in addition to their existing day treatment program and other services and supports.

Programs for withdrawal management and addiction treatment at St. Leonard's are tailored to the needs of each individual receiving care, including care specific to the withdrawal process. More people that are receiving services at St. Leonard's will be able to access symptom monitoring and supportive counselling, while capacity for post-care support such as motivational counselling and ongoing health assessment related to withdrawal issues will also be increased.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario will experience mental illness and/or substance abuse at some point in their lifetime.
  • The St. Leonard’s infrastructure project includes renovations to approximately 10,500 square feet in one of the agency’s existing locations at 135 Elgin Street in Brantford.
  • Ontario recently announced a $140 million investment in mental health support over three years to help thousands more people in the province get the care they need. This investment is in addition to the $3.7 billion that Ontario invested in mental health services in 2015-16.

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“The devastating impact of the opioid crisis has reached every community across the province, and crosses all demographics. Our government is committed to ensuring that every community has access to high quality substance use disorder treatment and supports so that people are able to get the care they need close to home.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I made a commitment to ‎do a community consultation regarding the need for a withdrawal management facility. After bringing together all stakeholders, clients and community leaders to discuss this need, I'm so proud of this group as we complete the journey of having a state-of-the-art facility, headed by St. Leonard's and other partners. Congratulations to all partners and thank you to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and to the LHIN for their support.”

Dave Levac

MPP, Brant

“This capital investment will allow St. Leonard’s to build on the success of our current Addictions Day Treatment programming by providing individuals and their families with the opportunity to have much needed Residential Withdrawal Management services provided right here in our community. All clients should have access to services that can be offered in the right place and at the right time. For many Brantford and Brant County residents, “the right place” for these types of services is home and now moving forward with this project, that will be an option.”

Brad Stark

Executive Director, St. Leonard’s Community Services

“This investment will help address the growing need for addiction treatment programs in Brant and across the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN. The construction of this new facility will provide people with access to the care and support they need to help them recover from addictions and resume their lives”

Janine van den Heuvel


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