Planning, development contract awarded
Eastern Health moving forward with addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace
Eastern Health has awarded the contract for the planning and development of the adult residential addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace.
Homewood Health Centre Inc. of Guelph, Ontario, will develop the functional program and do the initial clinical management of the facility at a cost of nearly $1.7 million, Eastern Health announced on May 3.
“The development of this treatment facility will enable Eastern Health to provide more specialized care to those who have complex addictions,” said Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of Eastern Health.
“This new facility will help reduce wait times for treatment and will mean that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will have access to longer-term treatment for addictions in their own province.”
The facility will be located in the former St. Paul’s school in Harbour Grace, which is currently home to the SPLASH Centre. The SPLASH Centre is operated by the Community Youth Network (CYN), which is a provincial initiative whose mandate is to provide a variety of services for youth living in or at risk of poverty. An effort has been underway to find a new home for the centre.
The provincial government announced in its most recent budget it would be spending a total of $15.5 million on the development of the adult addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace, as well as youth addictions treatment centres in Paradise and Grand Falls-windsor.
Reaction to the decision to establish the new facility in Harbour Grace has been generally favourable, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Eastern Health.