Kaminski grateful for public support
“I want to acknowledge the support this facility has received from the community in Harbour Grace and surrounding area,” said Kaminski. “Having the residents of the area supportive of this facility will go a long way to help the individuals who use this facility through their recovery.”
A public meeting last summer in the town attracted some 150 people, and there was very little sign of opposition, with many of those speaking at the meeting urging the government to proceed with its plans.
Some suggested the centre was “long overdue,” and that lives could have been saved.
“My brother Will is not with us today because of a prescription drug addiction,” Kathy Tetford told the crowd during the September 2011 meeting.
William J. Sheppard Jr. committed suicide on Aug. 26, 2010. He was 52.
The centre will be located on the second floor of the SPLASH Centre, with between 20 to 30 beds, Carbonear-harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy explained at the time. He said it will create 20 to 30 new jobs in Harbour Grace.
Eventually, there could be 60 people working in that building, Kennedy added, if some acute care, administration and addictions staff were to move from the Carbonear Hospital.
“The development of this treatment facility will enable Eastern Health to provide more specialized care to those who
have complex addictions.” — Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO
of Eastern Health
Team of experts
The new facility will be integrated into the existing continuum of addictions treatment services in the province and complement the Humberwood Treatment Centre in Corner Brook, which provides shortterm treatment.
Homewood Health Centre is a fullyaccredited national leader and centre of excellence for addictions and mental health treatment. At present, the Homewood Health Centre is the centre of choice of the Department of Health and Community Services when referring adults with mental health and/or addiction problems out-ofprovince for treatment.
Homewood Health Centre will bring the expertise of a full team of health care providers who specialize in addictions treatment to the facility, Kaminski explained.
As part of the contract, Homewood Health Centre will work with Eastern Health over the next two-and-a-half years to develop a functional program and space plan for the facility, a training program for staff, and an evaluation framework for the centre. Additionally, they will provide the clinical management for the first 18 months of operation.
Addictions services in this province are currently delivered by each of the four regional health authorities (RHAS) and include: education and prevention, early intervention for youth and outpatient counseling, which are provided at 27 locations throughout the province. There is also an adolescent program at the Rowan Centre, St. John’s, a methadone maintenance treatment program and a withdrawal management program at the Recovery Centre, St. John’s, and a residential addictions treatment program at the Humberwood Centre in Corner Brook.
“I look forward to working with Homewood Health Centre to develop a first-class treatment facility in our province,” said Kaminski.