Plan­ning, de­vel­op­ment con­tract awarded

East­ern Health mov­ing for­ward with ad­dic­tions treat­ment cen­tre in Har­bour Grace

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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.”

Public sup­port

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.

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