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The program will use the Family Care Home Model, which has participants live with a host family in a room and board style environment, instead of in a treatment centre. Northern Health is currently looking for people willing to host one of the four people selected to be part of the pilot project. They will attend treatment programs during the day and receive support from the Northern Health Mental Health and Addiction Services team.

Northern Health argues that letting people remain in the community while they get treatment means they can stay in Fort St. John instead of leaving for an out-of-town facility, and can receive more consistent treatment over a longer period of time.

Individuals interested in taking part do not need to have any formal addiction management training, and are assured that they will be provided support through mental health and addiction services by having direct contact and regular meetings with the client’s case manager. The purpose of this type of recovery program is to provide a homelike atmosphere, as if one were being cared for by a family member, so the client can become productive members of society more quickly.

Hosts will be asked to provide meals and other housekeeping services, along with surveillance and any required assistance with the activities of daily living. Mental Health and Addictions Services will plan and schedule other activities for them to attend.

For more information and to find out how you can get involved with this program contact Connie Cunningham, Manager of Northeast Rural Mental Health and Addictions Services at 250-262-5259.

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