The new Alkali Lake Wellness Centre will have six new Aboriginal supportive recovery beds.
The announcement was made by Interior Health, the Esk’etemc First Nation, and First Nations Health Authority during the grand opening of the centre Monday.
Health Minister Judy Darcy says the new beds will be instrumental in creating a support system for Indigenous people living in the area, especially as the province grapples with eh overdose crisis.
“Partnerships have always been key to our success and will continue to be the cornerstones of our recovery center,” said Esk’etemc First Nation Chief Charlene Belleau. “We thank the First Nation Health Authority and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for their contributions and value our partnerships with Interior Health to deliver a culturally appropriate recovery service. We look forward to supporting communities within the interior region as we strive for safer and healthier families and communities.”
The First Nations Health Authority says supportive recovery beds provide clients with a safe, medically supported setting while they await residential treatment, return from treatment, or transition to a more stable lifestyle.
The new Alkali Lake Wellness Centre, named the Letwilc ren Semec or “Heal My Spirit” Centre will offer a variety of services designed to help provide assessment, treatment, and community outreach for clients with mental health and substance use concerns.