Ontario creating new addiction and mental health centre in Sault Ste. Marie

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Ontario says it's improving addiction and mental health services in Sault Ste. Marie by supporting the relocation of the Residential Withdrawal Management program.

The program was moved to Sault Area Hospital as a temporary measure following a fire and a flood at the original site in 2020.

The province says a dedicated site will better meet the needs of people in Sault Ste. Marie and its surrounding region.

Ontario says the new location will provide a community-based facility and access to 20 community residential withdrawal management beds.

It will also have key services including close observation, monitoring medical support and education about substance use.

The province says it will give Sault Area Hospital up to $343,000 per year in operational funding to support the future site and improve access to addiction treatment services in the community.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press