BACKGROUNDER: Preventing Opioid Addiction and Overdose in Waterloo Region

 

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 Waterloo Region 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):

  • Grand River Hospital - Total Funding: $59,000
  • eHealth Centre of Excellence - Total  Funding: $75,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - Total Funding: $390,000
  • House of Friendship - Total Funding: $809,000

One Time Funding

Recipient

Amount

Initiative

Grand River Hospital

 

$59,900

Addition of Registered Nurse to Withdrawal Management Centre, capacity for more complex clients and increased flow. Additional counselling capacity at Withdrawal Management Centre.

eHealth Centre of Excellence

 

$75,000

Toolbar for primary care in EMR highlights morphine equivalents to assist with decreasing opioid doses and use.

House of Friendship

 

$81,800

Day treatment and outreach, including enhanced services and supports for pregnant women struggling with substance use.

House of Friendship

 

$180,000

Residential Addictions Treatment expansion and enhancement, including follow up care

CMHA

 

$120,000

Bridging support in Colleges and Universities, link in Emergency Departments. Builds on existing supports in response to suicide prevention initiatives.

 

Base Funding

Recipient

Amount

Program

CMHA

 

$270,000

Enhancements to Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams to meet the needs of highly complex clients with significant substance use challenges.

House of Friendship

 

$94,000

Enhanced Withdrawal Management Supports to support Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) follow-up for Kitchener-Waterloo-Wilmot-Woolwich-Wellesley.

House of Friendship

 

$180,000

Kitchener-Waterloo-Wilmot-Woolwich-Wellesley Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic. Staffed by Addictions physician, Peer Worker, and Counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management. 2days/week

House of Friendship

 

$94,000

Enhanced Withdrawal Managements supports to support RAAC follow-up for Cambridge-North Dumfries.

House of Friendship

 

$180,000

Cambridge-North Dumfries Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic. Staffed by Addictions physician, Peer Worker, and Counsellor with clinical expertise in community withdrawal management.2 days/week

 

Contact: 

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