Mission Services is expanding its addiction treatment branch by moving to a new downtown location near other services by the end of the year.
Quintin Warner House moves to 457 York Street and adds 10 new treatment beds.
The new location is attached to the Men’s Mission and the agency’s former emergency bed program site, which closed in 2018.
Executive director Peter Rozeluk said the move is an exciting and necessary change.
“We advocated for increased funding; we’ve been advocating for more beds, so it’s a pleasure to be able to double our capacity,” he said.
“We have evidence to show that during COVID, the pandemic, there were no COVID-related deaths in the city’s emergency shelter system, but we know there were deaths related to opioids in the shelter system. So anything we can do about addictions is, well, that’s a bonus, that’s a win for the city.
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When completed, the new location will be able to help 20 men aged 18 and over recover from addiction. Those at Quintin Warner House participate in the four-month drug treatment program.
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Staff say the current location at 477 Queens Avenue will be used for transitional housing after people leave the program.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that addiction is on the rise, and there are very few streets you can drive in London without seeing addiction and homelessness,” said program supervisor Lisa Misselbrook. “Adding 20 beds that live in treatment beds for people to stabilize, practice wellness and get their feet on the ground will go a long way in helping our community and those struggling.”
Funding for the expansion comes from the Government of Ontario’s Addiction Recovery Fund, which will provide $584,000 over two years.
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“Now more than ever, it is critically important to ensure that everyone can access the safe and effective mental health and addictions services they deserve, when and where they need them. need,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
In addition to doubling the facility’s capacity, the funding will enable improvements such as additional group meeting rooms, increased staff support to better meet the needs of participants, and a planned further expansion of the follow-up accommodation program. .
Staff expects the York Street site to be ready by the fall.
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