BACKGROUNDER: Preventing Opioid Addiction and Overdose in Guelph-Wellington

 

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN, will provide the following organizations with one-time and base funding to support ongoing and new initiatives to prevent opioid addiction and overdose.

The $971,000 funding for Guelph-Wellington is part of $2.3 million being invested in Waterloo Wellington as part of Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose. Total funding for each organization is as follows (please see below for a full breakdown of recipients, funding amounts, and initiatives):

  • Homewood - Total Funding: $85,000
  • Guelph Community Health Centre - Total Funding: $175,000
  • Stonehenge Therapeutic Community - Total Funding: $711,000

One Time Funding

Recipient

Amount

Initiative

Homewood

$85,000

Enhanced support in rural Wellington across the continuum of care. Increase in Family and Couples Groups, 1:1 appointments and education. Education to rural ED physicians and staff nurses around opioid withdrawal management as seen in their ED, harm reduction strategies, and resources available for patients (suboxone, Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, and information about other residential options).

Guelph CHC

 

$175,000

Partnership across multiple community partners specializing in reaching at-risk populations. Two-bed crisis stabilization, available 24/7, to provide a safe alternative to the ED and link to immediate community supports including appropriate withdrawal management.

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

$60,000

Community withdrawal support services enhancement with expertise on unique needs of youth, in partnership with direct-service youth and family services.

Partnership with GRH (Withdrawal Management) and Ray of Hope (direct services to youth and family services)

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

$100,000

Additional Residential Treatment Capacity

 

Base Funding

Recipient

Amount

Initiative

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

 

$285,000

Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) for Guelph- Puslinch and Wellington. Staffed by Addictions physician, Peer Worker, and Counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management.

Clinic Operations 2 days/wk. Includes Clinical Manager for all RAACs.

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

 

$51,000

Enhanced Withdrawal Management Supports to support RAAC follow-up for Guelph Puslinch and Wellington.

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

 

$85,000

Dedicated rural community withdrawal worker to support care for clients in Wellington

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community

 

$130,000

Peer support follow-up after ED visit for substance use, overdose. Identified as a need following consultation with Public Health and Crime Prevention Council. Enhanced immediate investment to pilot, with sustainability plan from pilot findings required to align to base funding amount.

 

Contact: 

Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement, Waterloo Wellington LHIN
519-748-2222 ext. 3235
connie.macdonald@lhins.on.ca