Local Partnership Launches Life Changing
Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services

People seeking opioid treatment access key supports to improve their lives and move towards health


Oakville (November 28, 2013)
- In response to opioid use in our region, ADAPT (Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention & Treatment Services) and local partners announce the launch of the Opioid Outreach &Treatment Services to enhance the treatment system and provide outreach in the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services provide direct client services, develop common care pathways, and deliver specialized services to women with opioid use who are pregnant/parenting. This new program is helping to create formal linkages between providers within the Mississauga Halton LHIN, making the system more efficient, coordinated and accessible.  The Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services is a local partnership between:

•           ADAPT (Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention & Treatment Services),
•           The Peel Addiction Assessment and Referral Centre (PAARC 
),
•          
 Hope Place Centres, and
•          
 The Salvation Army. 

A full-day educational symposium is being held today designed to introduce the partnership and to enhance local community service providers’ capacity to identify and respond effectively to problematic opiate use and associated risks.  Opioid abuse is very complex, requiring multiple levels of expertise to treat successfully. There are many people currently working hard to provide opioid treatment and address the prevalence of opioid use.

The Mississauga Halton LHIN has funded this program with a $1.5 million investment, announced in the fall of 2012, designed to address the serious issue of opioid addiction. November 2013, the Mississauga Halton LHIN announced an additional $1.4 million to the Mental Health and Addictions sector providing faster access to the most appropriate care and improving collaborative care.

This funding has enabled twelve (12) direct-service staff, including case managers, nurses and peer workers to provide direct client services. The staff is focusing on developing common care pathways or standards of care so client receive consistent service regardless of the health service provider involved or through which door the system was entered.

Specialized services to women with opioid use who are pregnant/parenting are among those supported. This particularly vulnerable, higher-risk group faces many barriers to treatment. Specialized outreach workers help women get the treatment they need and help with system navigation, serving as links to additional social and children’s services.  An outreach case manager serve as a vital link between the shelters and the treatment system, with a particular focus on pregnant and parenting women.

In addition, two new residential treatment beds have been created, one for men and one for women, at Hope Place Centres; helping serve more people seeking recovery. .

How to access Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services

At ADAPT, we understand that people begin using opioids (such as Oxycontin) for many reasons and that, for some, this may begin to feel unmanageable as time goes by.  Our mobile outreach team can arrange to meet you in a safe location of your choice, as well as in our offices. Services are provided from a harm reduction perspective which focuses on enhancing your health and well-being by preventing or reducing opioid-related harms rather than trying to prevent opioid use. Whether you want help to improve your relationships, find stable housing, cope with stress or access residential treatment service, we are there to help. YOU define the goals. WE help you reach them.  Call us directly! 1.855.211.0898

QUOTES

“We have come a long way in providing supports for those who are struggling with an opioid addiction. The $1.5 million that was provided last year helped to provide the right care faster. Today’s $1.4 million will add additional supports and provide outreach services. I know this means a lot to those who have been working tirelessly to advocate for these programs and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work. I know these services will benefit many in our community.” ― Kevin Flynn, MPP, Oakville

To help meet the demand for mental health and addiction services in our region, the Mississauga Halton LHIN has invested in new initiatives for adults and youth during the past several years. Our recent investment will ensure local partners work together making it easier for those seeking treatment for opioid addiction to get the vital support they need.  The Mississauga Halton LHIN is committed to building partnerships to improve access to health care and promote optimal health – mental and physical - in our communities.”
 ― Graeme Goebelle, Board Chair of the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

“I have been involved with the Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services since its inception as a provincial systems level, lived experience/family advocate who lost her son to an accidental OxyContin overdose.  As co-chair of the implementation team, this initiative has been progressive in its meaningful inclusion of people with lived experience, family members and peers. It has also evolved, taking innovative approaches to advocacy, education, overdose prevention, and treatment to eradicate stigma and create choices for both professionals and those struggling with opioid issues. Opioids have ‘changed the face of addiction,’ but the dedicated team behind the Opioid Outreach & Treatment Services has provided an expansive and extremely effective response.” ― Betty-Lou Kristy, Advisor, Advocate and Person with Lived Experience

“ADAPT was very pleased to receive the announcement for new funding for Opioid Treatment. Historically, this population has been overlooked for funding which has resulted in opioid treatment services that are either underdeveloped or non-existent in communities across Ontario. This service deficit has generated excessive social, health and economic costs. The new funding will strengthen the MH LHIN’s addiction treatment system by creating a comprehensive, integrated opioid assessment and treatment service. The new service will address the special and complex needs of residents of the LHIN with opioid problems as well as the complex needs of pregnant/parenting women who use opioids. This investment should reduce health costs within the MH LHIN while those in need of opioid treatment will now have access to the support required to make changes and improve the quality of their lives”. ― Ian Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, ADAPT

Mississauga Halton LHIN

  • The $1.5 million is part of the overall $8,819,500 investment for new and expanded community health services that meet pressing local health care needs announced on November 16, 2012 by the LHIN.
  • The $1.4 million funding for Mental Health and Addictions sector is part of a $15,600,000 community health services investment announced on November 22, 2013 providing faster access to the most appropriate care and improving collaborative care.
  • The Mississauga Halton LHIN continues to focus efforts to ensure we are providing the right care in the right place at the right time.
  • The Mississauga Halton LHIN brings together health care partners from numerous sectors – hospitals, community care, community support services, community mental health and addictions agencies – to develop innovative, collaborative solutions leading to more timely access to high quality services for the residents of Ontario and the Mississauga Halton region. The Mississauga Halton LHIN is home to over one million people and serves the communities of Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills, Mississauga and South Etobicoke.

ADAPT

ADAPT is dedicated to empowering persons with alcohol, drug or gambling concerns, and their families, to manage these concerns and lead more fulfilling lives through the provision of comprehensive assessment and treatment services, corresponding to need. 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Claire S. McConnell
Opioid Outreach and Treatment Services
B 416 691 2970
C 416 524 5941
zephyrconsulting@bell.net 

For more information from the Mississauga Halton LHIN, please contact: 

Maureen Buchanan
Sr. Lead, Communications
Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network
T: 905-337-8060; C: 416-818-3087 |
 maureen.buchanan@lhins.on.ca   

 

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