Madam Speaker, last fall my government announced several short and longer term initiatives to improve services for Islanders who are struggling with addictions.
Today, I am pleased to advise that the commitment we made then to hire more frontline addictions staff … is now coming to fruition.
First, our new Addictions Patient Navigator position has been filled.
As a result, Islanders now have someone who is dedicated to helping them navigate the system more easily.
The new Patient Navigator will help clients access the support and recovery services they need…. and will develop a provincial intake system that will streamline the admission process for clients.
The Outreach Social Worker position has also been filled.
This person will work with clients to develop an individual case plan…. that provides them with a strategy for moving forward in their recovery …. and helps them return to their community and a better life.
The new Complex Case Coordinator position is expected to be filled soon.
This is a very skilled position that requires a high level of expertise.
The Complex Case Coordinator will work with clinicians and program experts to coordinate services for the most complex cases… and the most effective and efficient care for individuals.
Madam Speaker, our government’s investment in these additional resources will make it easier for Islanders, especially those with complex needs, to gain access to the services they require.
Together, the new positions will improve case management and continuity of care across service areas…. to ensure that all clients receive the most appropriate and effective care.
Thank you Madam Speaker.