The Ontario government recently announced $343,000 in ongoing operational funding for a new withdrawal management center in Sault Ste. Marie. This facility will house 20 short-term withdrawal management and safe beds, with an additional four medical beds being maintained at the hospital for patients who require a more acute level of addictions care. Some of the mental health and addiction services provided at the new site will be dedicated to withdrawal management and safe beds support including comprehensive assessment, medically supported care, including medication assisted symptom and craving management, education on harm reduction, healthy coping, life skills, and relapse prevention, continuum of care treatment, planning, and referrals, individual and group counselling and support, and peer-support and self-help groups. The residential withdrawal management center will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a core team of dedicated clinical staff and support services, and supported by a multi-disciplinary care team that includes registered social workers and psychotherapists, registered addiction services workers, registered nurses, registered practical nurses, nurse practitioners, addiction medicine physicians, and support services staff.
Stay tuned for more information regarding this center!