Increase the number and variety of culturally respectful, community-based mental health and addictions programs, including aftercare

To support the health and well-being of our residents we need to put individuals and families at the center of care and value the unique needs of each person’s journey. 

Comprehensive care will integrate culture and community, promote collective action, and strengthen our approach with evidence of what works across the spectrum of mental health and addictions.

This work will be led by the Department of Health and Social Services.

What we will do

1. Increase the availability of e-health, on the land, and other proven approaches to mental wellness and addictions recovery

2. Improve services for individuals with addictions to reduce number of returns to treatment, and increase length of time between treatments

3. Strengthen community counselling services

How we will do it

1.a. Conduct an international jurisdictional review of service delivery for isolated and remote communities

1.b. Partner with and support Indigenous governments and community stakeholders in the delivery of programs

2.a. Increase community based peer support programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Wellbriety

2.b. Increase access to transitional housing for those returning from addictions treatment.

2.c. Establish medical detox and managed alcohol programming.

3.a. Provide standardizing screening and assessment tools, incorporating more traditional healing approaches.

3.b. Increase support and counseling training opportunities for staff 

3.c. Reduce wait times for access.

How we will demonstrate progress

1.a. Review completed (Winter 2020)

1.b. Availability of local treatment services identified and increased (Fall 2021)

2.a. Number of individuals requiring a return to treatment is reduced and the length of time between treatment is increased (Spring 2021)

2.b.Nine transitional housing units added in several communities (Fall 2023)

2.c. Program developed and  hospitalizations for alcohol reduced by 30% (Spring 2023)

3.a. Standardized screening/assessment tools developed (Fall  2022)

3.b. Training opportunities for staff increased by 20 %  (starting Spring 2021)

3.c. Wait times identified and reduced by 30% (Fall 2023)