Madam Speaker, as part of government’s action plan to enhance addictions services for Islanders, I am pleased to advise that a new 10-bed transition unit within the provincial addictions facility will open on April 28.
These beds will be available for clients who have successfully gone through detox but require additional support before returning to their communities.
Clients will take part in programming for four weeks that supports their continued recovery with a focus on relapse prevention.
Programming includes group therapy and individual counseling. Clients will also participate in leisure therapy to improve well-being and quality of life through engagement in recreation and leisure activities. They will facilitate leader-led groups to enhance skills and strengthen self-esteem.
The transition unit will be staffed by a social worker, addictions counselor and addiction workers.
A patient navigator, a new position our government created, will also work in this unit to assist in linking clients to community services needed after they leave the unit to support their recovery.
The Transition Unit should also improve access to detox beds by reducing the incidence of relapse and improve wait times for group programming.
Madam Speaker, the transition unit was one of the initiatives we announced in November as part of a $1.2 million investment in mental health and addictions.
Additional investments, including expanded access to Suboxone, supporting the Reach Foundation to provide after-care to youth, monitoring the prescribing of the most addictive medications, are already resulting in shorter wait times for detox and methadone access.
Our Government is committed to ensuring that Islanders struggling with addictions have access to the care they need for a successful recovery.
In the coming days I look forward to sharing with this house details on the next set of actions we’re planning to improve access, particularly for Islanders seeking mental health programs.