We continue to make progress in the planning of a residential withdrawal management centre in Sarnia-Lambton. Endorsement by the Erie St. Clair LHIN Board of Directors was received October 2016. Capital Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) approval was received July 2017. A Project Agreement was signed. Next steps are described in Stage 2 of the Community Capital Planning Process which includes the completion of a detailed program and services plan as well as a site selection. This work is now underway, including site visits to other residential withdrawal management facilities, focus groups, community engagement groups and the site selection process.
In the meantime, we continue to make important progress. Since being tasked by the LHIN with the development of a withdrawal program in the spring 2013, Bluewater Health has built an evidence-informed business case, hired and trained staff, developed programming, and engaged internal and external stakeholders, clients and families.
The hospital has convened a steering committee comprised of a representative from both the County of Lambton and the community and leaders at Bluewater Health. Their task is to facilitate the various aspects of planning the hub from visioning to design, construction and occupancy. Principles guiding their planning decisions include: the needs of clients, space requirements, internal and external healing environment, provincial standards, best practices, privacy, safety, accessibility, zoning, timeline to completion, and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requirements. The steering committee is chaired by Bluewater Health’s VP of Mental Health and Addictions, Paula Reaume-Zimmer, and reports to Bluewater Health’s Executive Council with regular progress updates to the Board of Directors.
Click here for the steering committee’s Terms of Reference.