Kaminski grate­ful for public sup­port

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“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.

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