Saskatchewan residents requiring pre- and post-addictions support will soon have access to new resources. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is following up on a provincial budget commitment to enhance addictions treatment capacity for residents across the province. It has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop approximately 50 residential pre- and post- addictions treatment beds across Saskatchewan for individuals recovering from substance use disorders, including crystal meth, opioid and alcohol addiction.
These beds will support individuals who do not have stable, safe housing in the time between completing detox and beginning residential treatment. It will also help those who require supportive housing after treatment to maintain and strengthen the gains made during treatment. The RFP is open to current partners of the SHA, private sector providers and community-based organizations across Saskatchewan.
“Deciding to enter treatment is a big step. Having a place to stay that is safe, stable and supportive can help people stick to their plan to get into treatment and mitigate relapses. After treatment, these beds will provide needed support to people while they focus on their recovery and put into practice what they learned in treatment,” said Colleen Quinlan, Executive Director of Mental Health and Addictions Services, Integrated Urban Health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
“These new treatment options will better support residents experiencing addictions challenges,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “People will have better access to the treatment and care they need to overcome an addictions challenge and live a healthy life.”
The province is strengthening the continuum of substance use disorder services in Saskatchewan and better support for individuals with substance use disorder issues who are transitioning between social detoxification programs and in-patient treatment facilities, as well as clients transitioning from inpatient treatment facilities to the community.
Enhanced residential supports are a key recommendation in Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.