A new clinic to help people with drug or alcohol issues is opening Friday in Brantford.
The city’s first Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinic will be at 347 Colborne St.
Its normal operating hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“This is a big step forward for both patients and providers in the community fighting drug and alcohol addiction,” said Christine Churchill, director of clinical programs and services at the Brant Community Healthcare System.
“Substance use disorders are treatable and the goal of the RAAM clinic is to make appropriate resources and treatment readily available to those seeking help with their addiction.”
The clinic is a collaboration of the BCHS, St. Leonard’s Community Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk) and De dwa da dehs nye – Aboriginal Health Centre.
RAAM clinics seek to fill gaps in the addiction treatment system by providing patients with quick access to addiction care. Patients can be assessed and treated by a wide range of professionals, including an addictions physician, mental health counsellor, an addiction counsellor, case management specialist, mental-health social worker and an Indigenous mental health and addictions counsellor.
Anyone 16 or older with symptoms of substance use disorder may access the clinic.
Individuals can be referred through any health-care setting including hospital, psychiatric or primary-care physicians. As well, individuals can self-refer on a walk-in basis.
The Brantford clinic is based on a treatment model that is being used successfully throughout Ontario.
“Evidence shows that by providing patients with faster access to more supportive treatment, delivered in a more integrated way, patient outcomes improve and emergency room visits decrease,” Churchill said.
“That’s the model we are bringing to fight addictions in Brantford and the surrounding area.”
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