Improve Outcome of Mental Health and Addictions

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Strategic Priority 2 of the CSWBP is to improve the care, respect, and outcome for mental health and addictions (MHA). The misuse of opioids continues to be a public health concern in our city and across the country. The opioid crisis in Timmins is significantly impacting the Indigenous population in our community. 

Data from local partners confirms the significant number increase in Timmins and District Hospital visits, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Timmins Police Service (TPS) involvement related to mental health, self-harm, and addictions.

Mental health and addictions doesn't impact one target population; it would be easier to manage if that were the case. Mental health and addiction affects all social and economic groups; however, individuals who are homeless are at higher risk of more addictions. 

Our Targeted Outcomes:

  • Improved system navigation for MHA services and support for all (barrier-free, umbrella of care, cost management approach).
  • Reduction of overdose-opioid deaths via collaborative approach in harm reduction, treatment, prevention and enforcement.
  • Reduce incidence and prevalence of problematic substance use and dependence.
  • Increase community-wide education and awareness on the harm of substance use.

In a recent update to Mayor George Pirie, Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare and Dr. Julie Samson highlighted positive changes to current mental health and addictions operations that have had a positive impact, most notably:

  • Enhanced community withdrawal support services at Timmins and District Hospital with an addictions team, including physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and social worker, available to assist patients with treatment.
  • Expansion of Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) services to support people who require withdrawal management care outside a hospital setting.
  • Partnership with Timmins Police Service to locate and support people in crisis needing access to care.

On March 29, 2021, the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table submitted a request for funding with the hope of adding new services and expanding key addiction services in our region with help from the government.

The request is broken down into four (4) key service streams: community treatment services, residential services, community withdrawal management services, and a Centre of Excellence to centralize planning, support and operations. New walk-in clinics, new day and evening treatment programs, medically supported withdrawal management beds and fully-funded safe beds are part of the vision, with the Centre of Excellence to support full system integration.

Read the FULL UPDATE here.