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Supportive Housing Program

Sun Country Health Region has created a supportive housing program for people recovering from
chemical dependency.
"We know there are people in recovery whose personal living arrangements can actually undermine their success," says Janice Giroux, Vice President, Community Health, for Sun Country Health Region.
"We want to do everything possible to help them recover from an addiction. Supportive housing is a critical factor in their success," she says.
The program will be offered in Estevan. It will provide a safe, supportive residence and access to addictions programming and services, regionally, for up to two male adults and two female adults. Housing has been secured and is ready for occupancy.
"The decision to enter recovery is a difficult one. It requires a great deal of bravery," says Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Health for Addictions Joceline Schriemer.
"Sun Country Health Region is to be commended for its commitment to provide the support recovering addicts need to begin the healing process."
Additional Addiction staff members have been hired to support the success of clients in the program.
They will work closely with clients living in the supportive housing units. Those utilizing the program will be engaged with local addiction services, other supportive and community-based programming, as well as supportive housing staff. Support will be provided as necessary on a 24-hour, 7-day/week basis.
"Our government is committed to ensuring vulnerable people within our society are not left behind," Estevan MLA Doreen Eagles said. "The establishment of this housing program is another important step toward meeting that goal."
All clients will be selected through a screening process by a committee of Sun Country Health Region Addiction and Mental Health Staff.
The need for transition support has long been identified both regionally and provincially, says Mrs. Giroux.
"Some clients returning from inpatient addiction treatment or involved in outpatient treatment can be at a high risk for relapse if they are lacking a supportive recovery environment," she says.
"This supportive housing is part of the treatment process."
The Ministry of Health has provided $188,000 in annualized funding to Sun Country Health Region to support this initiative.

Media: For more information, please call Janice Giroux, Vice President Community Health for Sun Country Health Region at 842-8652.

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