Northern Health to re-work its addictions programs

Northern Health has announced it’s adopting a new strategy to tackle the challenge of administering addictions services across the north.

The authority will soon be shifting resources from its former residential treatment plan to a system of day treatment programs, individual and group counseling, and contracted supportive recovery bed placements in communities across the north.

The Nechako Treatment Centre’s residential treatment program was forced to close this summer because Northern Health was unable to attract enough qualified professionals to staff the program.

The new system builds on best practice models in cities such as Vancouver, Kamloops, and Portland. Steve Raper with Northern Health says the new system is a positive step for the authority.

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Raper adds the authority is currently negotiating contracts for local supportive recovery beds outside the Prince George area. Northern Health expects those beds to open in the next few months.

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