Har­bour Grace to get adult ad­dic­tions cen­tre

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Some $2 mil­lion was pro­vided in last week’s pro­vin­cial bud­get for the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of an adult res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tions treat­ment cen­tre in Har­bour Grace.

The new treat­ment cen­tre will be de­signed to help meet the needs of in­di­vid­u­als who re­quire longert­erm res­i­den­tial treat­ment or those that have more se­vere, per­sis­tent ad­dic­tion is­sues.

The new cen­tre will com­ple­ment the Hum­ber­wood Treat­ment Cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook, which pro­vides short-term treat­ment.

Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs told The Com­pass the new fa­cil­ity “will cre­ate jobs in the town and pro­vide a worth­while ser­vice.”

Asked where the treat­ment cen­tre will be lo­cated, Coombs said he has met with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and sev­eral sites around town have been looked at, but noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized.

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy says gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to en­sure that those in­di­vid­u­als who live with men­tal ill­ness or ad­dic­tion is­sues have treat­ment op­tions avail­able to them.

“ We rec­og­nize that health care af­fects each and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in our prov­ince and we will en­sure that our in­vest­ments re­sult in im­prov­ing the health care sys­tem for all of us who use it,” Min­is­ter Kennedy said.

“ We are lis­ten­ing to the needs of peo­ple who re­quire the pro­grams and ser­vices the most, and our gov­ern­ment is re­spond­ing to those needs with strate­gic in­vest­ments in Bud­get 2010,” the MHA for Carbonear-Har­bour Grace said.

He said the bud­get in­cludes in­vest­ments in health care to im­prove ac­cess to health care ser­vices by re­duc­ing wait times for ser­vices, in­clud­ing di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures.

$3 mil­lion will be in­vested to fin­ish the Cor­ner Brook long-term care fa­cil­ity. Construction be­gan in 2007 and work on the in­te­rior of the build­ing is un­der­way, with oc­cu­pancy ex­pected in June of this year. The new 236-bed fa­cil­ity will com­ple­ment four pro­tec­tive com­mu­nity bun­ga­lows, which are al­ready com­pleted and oc­cu­pied. Gov­ern­ment’s to­tal in­vest­ment in both the long-term care fa­cil­ity and pro­tec­tive com­mu­nity bun­ga­lows in Cor­ner Brook is $68.5 mil­lion.

Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $8 mil­lion to start construction of a new long-term care fa­cil­ity in Lewis­porte, as well as $2.1 mil­lion to fi­nal­ize the long-term care fa­cil­ity in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay. Some $1.7 mil­lion will be spent for a new pro­tec­tive care com­mu­nity res­i­dence in Bon­av­ista with spe­cial­ized care and ac­com­mo­da­tions for in­di­vid­u­als with mild to moderate de­men­tia. The new build­ing will ac­com­mo­date 12 res­i­dents.

Ap­prox­i­mately $115,000 will be in­vested in Bud­get 2010 to ex­pand nurse prac­ti­tioner ser­vices in Burin to pro­vide care to res­i­dents liv­ing in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties. The nurse prac­ti­tioner will en­sure timely ac­cess to med­i­cal care, con­ti­nu­ity of care for res­i­dents and more ef­fi­cient use of physi­cian ex­per­tise and time.

$8.9 mil­lion in Bud­get 2010 will al­low for an in­crease in the home sup­port hourly sub­sidy rate by an ad­di­tional 75 cents on July 1. The Pro­vin­cial Home Sup­port pro­gram pro­vides sup­port to se­niors, adults and chil­dren who re­quire as­sis­tance to re­main in­de­pen­dent and in their homes.

Through an in­vest­ment of $3.2 mil­lion, the per­sonal care home sub­sidy rate will in­crease and the num­ber of por­ta­ble sub­si­dies will ex­pand to re­spond to the cur­rent per­sonal care home wait­list. Ef­fec­tive April 1 the per­sonal care home sub­sidy rate in­creased by $73 to $1,717 from $1,644, and 100 new por­ta­ble sub­si­dies were in­tro­duced into the sec­tor.

“ Th­ese new ini­tia­tives con­tinue to ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant role that home sup­port work­ers and per­sonal care homes play in our health and com­mu­nity ser­vices sys­tem,” said Min­is­ter Kennedy. “ We see th­ese in­vest­ments as an im­por­tant step in en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents liv­ing in per­sonal care homes or re­ceiv­ing home sup­port ser­vices through­out New­found­land and Labrador.”

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