Feds Decide To Kick in Some Addiction Money

With a remarkable sense of timing giving their impending decision to shut down Vancouver's safe injection site on June 30, the Federal Government has kicked $10m into Vancouver's kitty to fund 20 long-term stabilization beds for women with addiction issues (read: survival sex trade workers in the DTES).

It sounds like in addition to the beds they'll be opening a 24-hour facility similar to the Health Contact Centre called the ACT Team for up to 75 people with active addictions who are multi-barriered (have addiction and mental health issues):

The ACT team will offer a multidisciplinary staff of approximately 12 members representing the fields of psychiatry, medicine, nursing, therapy, and rehabilitation, and round-the-clock service capacity for 70 to 75 clients with the most severe functional impairments, who do not access traditional mental health and addictions services.

The target audience probably doesn't access housing either, but don't ask the federal government about that, it's a touchy subject. These beds and the ACT Team appear to be an addition to the Willingdon site, bringing the total number of new stabilization beds to 120.
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