A new partnership between the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders is leveraging expertise and adding quality to client care throughout the treatment pathway.
Lauralyn Blackburn, Clinical Program Director BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders collaborates with Stacey Gedak, Clinic Supervisor of Community Mental Health Services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority as they coordinate and plan for the upcoming program integration.
Since 1997, BridgePoint has been contracted as a provincial, community-based organization to provide essential services and residential programming in the non-medical treatment of eating disorders. Now, SHA Community Mental Health Nurses will support BridgePoint participants along on their journey to recover from eating disorders from the time they first enter the program.
“The benefits of this partnership will extend past safety and quality improvement initiatives for program participants,” says Stacey Gedak, Clinic Lead of Community Mental Health Services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The community mental health nursing team will gain a unique and hands-on experience, and learn more about the field of disordered eating from the BridgePoint multi-disciplinary team.”
This partnership will help to improve the client experience by allowing them easier and more familiar access to follow up with Mental Health services in their home community once their program is complete.
“This work is the first step in a more significant partnership linking access to expertise, ongoing consultation and support, and educational opportunities that will also benefit those working within the mental health field and the treatment and support of those struggling with disordered eating in Saskatchewan,” says BridgePoint’s Executive Director, Carla Chabot.
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