A new investment in B.C.’s system of substance-use care will build up treatment and recovery services for people who need them in communities throughout the province.
This $132-million investment over the next three years for treatment and recovery services is
part of Budget BCs historic half-billion-dollar investment to continue building a
comprehensive system of mental-health and addictions care from the ground up.
When a person living with addiction is ready to take a step toward recovery, we must ensure
services are available when and where they need them, said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of
Mental Health and Addictions.
We have been busy patching holes where urgently needed over the past four years. Now, through Budget BC’s historic investment, we are beginning to make true systemic change. B.C.’s $132-million investment in treatment and recovery will result in significant improvements everywhere in the province making substance-use care more seamless, better integrated and easier to access.
This funding will increase services across all regions of the province to strengthen the full
continuum of substance-use treatment and recovery services, including withdrawal
management, transition and assessment, treatment and aftercare services.
To achieve this, the investment will create more than 65 new or enhanced services throughout
B.C., add more than 130 full-time-equivalent staff and open approximately 195 new substance use
treatment beds. Precise numbers will be confirmed through request-for-proposals
Updates will be provided along the way.
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is working with health authorities on
implementation planning for the full suite of enhancements over the next three years.
Below is a snapshot of initiatives throughout B.C., with more services to be announced in every region:
new sobering and assessment centre in Prince George
new addiction medicine consult team at Burnaby Hospital
new outpatient withdrawal management services in multiple locations throughout the
additional funding for withdrawal beds at Vancouver Detox
Transition and assessment:
new transitional/stabilization beds across Interior Health, ensuring that people receive
care planning and connection to treatment after leaving withdrawal management enhancing substance-use assessment and/or transition services at Richmond Hospital,
Onsite Detox and at St. Pauls Hospital to ensure people are more easily connected to
services and experience more co-ordinated and seamless transitions
new regional residential treatment beds to support women from the Interior and Island
expanded adult addictions day treatment services in various communities in the
Northern Health region
extension of the Indigenous-led (Gwa’sala-‘nakwaxda’xw) partnership program for
alcohol treatment and recovery in Port Hardy
new recovery wellness community centres in two locations in the Vancouver Coastal
Health region, to help people on their ongoing recovery journey
new vocational and occupational therapists for Fraser Healths Adult Day, Evening and
Weekend (DEW) program will support people in reaching their substance-use recovery
goals through group and one-on-one employment-focused services
new peer-support initiatives to support ongoing aftercare in locations throughout the
Northern Health region
new peer-led, trauma-informed education program for people with lived and living
experience of addiction in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region
These improvements to the treatment and recovery system of care build on recent expansions,
including more than 100 new treatment and recovery beds for adults, 123 new youth beds and
20 new youth beds at the Traverse treatment centre in Chilliwack.
Enhancing B.C.s response to the overdose emergency is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope,
B.C.s roadmap for building the comprehensive system of mental health and addictions care
British Columbians deserve.