Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services, is announcing the government will invest $1 million this year to support local organizations in their efforts to reduce poverty. Funding for forty seven proposals is being awarded to community and Indigenous organizations through the 2019/20 Anti-Poverty Fund.
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The Department of Health and Social Services announces changes to the Medical Travel Program effective June 1, 2019. NWT residents have access to one of the most generous medical travel programs in Canada, which has remained relatively unchanged since 1995. To bring the cost-share of medical travel costs into alignment with current travel costs of the Medical Travel Program, adjustment to the co-payment rate is being made.
The opioid crisis continues to devastate individuals, families and communities across the country. Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people will continue to be at risk for overdose.
NORMAN WELLS (August 28, 2018) – Residents of the Sahtú celebrated the official opening of the Sahtú Got'iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility on Monday, August 27 in Norman Wells.
YELLOWKNIFE (June 28, 2018) – The Department of Health and Social Services would like to inform residents of the Northwest Territories that, on May 9, 2018, a laptop that contained health information was stolen from a locked vehicle in the Ottawa area. The information was collected under the Public Health Act and contained patient names, health care card numbers, dates of birth, health diseases/conditions, and communities of residence. Although the device had strong password protection, the device was not encrypted.
YELLOWKNIFE (May 15, 2018) – Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services met with NWT Indigenous leaders in Yellowknife May 10-11, 2018. This government to government meeting represented the third meeting between the minister and leaders. Building on successes from the previous meetings in the K’atl’odeechee First Nation (2015) and Norman Wells (2016), leaders discussed health outcomes and strategies.
YELLOWKNIFE (May 3, 2018) – Changes to health fees, including for health and social services professionals regulated by territorial legislation, and fees for vital statistics services, such as requests for marriage licenses or birth certificates, will come into effect on May 15, 2018. The fee changes are being carried out as part of standard procedure to review and adjust fees to reflect inflation during the past five years.
YELLOWKNIFE (May 2, 2018) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, announced the recipients of over $1 million that the Government of the Northwest Territories is investing in local projects that take action against poverty. In total, 43 projects led by community and Indigenous organizations will receive funding under the 2018-19 Anti-Poverty Fund this year.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 29, 2018) – Effective April 1, 2018, foster care parents will receive more money to better support children that may require services while in their homes.
The cost of supporting children in care has continually risen since the last foster care rate increase in 2007. The difference in the rising cost of living and foster care has made it challenging for foster parents and adoptive parents who qualify for a subsidized adoption to support children so that they can become successful.
February 21, 2018 Health Canada Ottawa, ON
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