22 New Addictions Beds Announced for Interior Health Region – Okanagan

People living with mental health and addiction issues across BC’s Okanagan will soon have better access to new treatment and recovery services.

The province is adding 22 new adult substance abuse beds to serve residents of the interior health region. The beds will be operated by the Bridge Youth and Family Services Society of Kelowna.

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“Thirteen beds will be for withdrawal management also known as detox, nine of the beds are for stabilization and transition. This is in addition to the ten youth addiction beds the bridge has opened in conjunction with the health authority – which opened a year ago,” said BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. , Sheila Malcolmson.

“All of these new beds are a crucial part of the overall response to the toxic drug crisis and an essential part of the mental health and addictions care system we are building across British Columbia.

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The new Stabilization and Transition Units will help ensure that the bridge can provide continued care, beyond initial treatment, to those who need it.

“This investment in the Okanagan will more than double our ability to provide withdrawal management services,” said Patrick Spinks, Board Director of The Bridge Youth and Family Services.

“What this means in practical terms is that wait times will be reduced and people will be able to get the care they need when they need it.”

The new services are part of the province’s $500 million investment in Budget 2021 to continue building a comprehensive mental health and addictions system.

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“People throughout the central Okanagan will benefit from the commissioning of these new addiction beds,” said Susan Brown, CEO of Interior Health, in a press release.

“Together with The Bridge Youth and Family Services, we will further intensify our efforts to add treatment and supports for people with problematic substance use.”

The province says that in addition to those 22 beds, there are 3,201 publicly funded community addiction beds across the province. This includes 3,096 adult beds and 142 youth beds.

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