Community Feedback Advances Community Addictions Hub Project

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 9:41am

Summary Report Published & Architectural Drawings Initiated
 

SARNIA & PETROLIA – November 30, 2022 – Bluewater Health officials have finalized the summary report of community feedback received regarding the space design and programming of the future Community Addictions Hub. That report is available publicly here.

Over the month of September, Bluewater Health held a series of focus groups seeking feedback on the project. Over a dozen in-person engagements took place, as well as a confidential online survey made available that saw just under 200 unique responses. Groups engaged included active clients, people with lived experience, Indigenous communities, community partners, people experiencing homelessness, elected officials, and Bluewater Health staff.

“Our community has waited a long time for this much-needed service and it was important to us that their voice was included in the development plans,” says Bluewater Health Director of Mental Health & Addictions, Donna Morreau. “We heard a lot of really great ideas and feedback on what people need and want to see – we also heard some great feedback on what was working well within our current model and where there is room for improvement.”

Around space design, a lot of feedback was around creating a non-clinical environment – such as colourful, light, and bright with many windows, access to outside space with nature and gardens, Indigenous artwork and murals, plants, and private spaces and entrances.

Around programming, we heard a lot of feedback about bringing community partners and resources in to assist with life skills, mentoring, coping strategies, legal aid, family and children support services, employment assistance, housing, etc. Access to Indigenous traditional healing services was also a major theme.

The feedback is being used to develop the architectural plans and future programming. Those plans are anticipated to finalize in the coming months. The community engagement summary report with be included with the submission of the final architectural plan to the Ministry’s Capital Branch.

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The future site of Bluewater Health’s Community Addictions Hub will be located in the currently vacated wing that runs along Russell St. and London Road, adjacent to Bluewater Health’s Russell St. building. Once built, the Community Addictions Hub will offer a comprehensive suite of services for local residents struggling with addiction. The model will focus on those best-practice approaches that have demonstrated high recovery rates. These services will include withdrawal management, stabilization and transitional services, outpatient addictions, primary care, and clinical space for program, treatment, and consultations with community partners.

Earlier this year, Bluewater Health was granted $12M towards the Capital Project for a Community Addictions Hub in Sarnia-Lambton. Construction on the project is anticipated to take two to three years to complete.

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