YELLOWKNIFE (June 14, 2017) – Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced that an interim location has been identified for the Sobering Centre program in Yellowknife. A collaborative effort by the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA), the City of Yellowknife and the Department of Health and Social Services has resulted in an agreement to host the program in the Yellowknife Community Arena until September 13, 2017.
The program will be launched on July 17, 2017.
The NTHSSA has reached an agreement with the NWT Disabilities Council to operate the Sobering Centre program, utilizing clinical support from within the NTHSSA.
City staff will continue to maintain and operate the building, on a cost-recovery basis (note that facility and operating costs are included in the HSS Sobering Centre budget).
The City of Yellowknife has reached an agreement with the Yellowknife Women's Centre to deliver the Street Outreach Service portion of the program for which the RCMP are providing an unmarked van.
“Our government is committed to encouraging healthy lifestyles and strong families. As part of this effort, we are addressing gaps in integrated community-based services for NWT residents. The Sobering Centre program will be an essential part of combatting addictions in Yellowknife. Meanwhile, we will continue to search for a permanent location for the program.”
-Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services
“The City of Yellowknife is pleased to see such a collaborative effort in addressing an important issue in our community. The Community Arena is available, and centrally located. We are grateful for the partnership with the RCMP for the Street Outreach Service, which is a key component of the success of the Sobering Centre. There are many parts to a community solution and today we’ve taken the right steps, together.”
-Mark Heyck, Mayor of Yellowknife
“The NWTDC will continue to work, in collaboration with all partners, to provide supports to adults experiencing the complex and often disabling issues associated with homelessness.”
-Terry Hawkins, Board Chair NWT Disabilities Council
"The RCMP is pleased to be part of such a great effort in the Street Outreach Service. This service was one of the recommendations put forward by the Mayor's Yellowknife Homelessness Road Map Action Plan, of which the RCMP participated. We support our partner agencies in achieving the establishment of this program, and are happy to have contributed in a collaborative manner."
-Inspector Matt Peggs, Yellowknife RCMP Detachment Commander
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