Addictions treatment and recovery services get a boost in Richmond, say NDP MLAs

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RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Henry Yao, Aman Singh and Kelly Greene are welcoming funding for addictions treatment and recovery services in Richmond, providing a boost for providers and ensuring people struggling with addictions are supported during COVID-19.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges for people dealing with addiction, and the organizations that support them,” said Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “This funding will help offset those challenges so people can get the support they need right now.”

“During these two health emergencies, I want people to know that our government is there for them,” said Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough and an active member of the recovery community. “We are making sure that people can continue to access treatment programs here in Richmond and continue their pathway to recovery. In my own recovery I have intimately seen the amazing, often life-saving, work that Turning Point does. The people they help will directly benefit from this.”

Turning Point Recovery Society in Richmond is one of 53 organizations receiving support as part of the $2 million in provincial government funding being distributed across B.C. These grants support existing bed-based treatment and recovery services and are an investment in quality living environments where people can focus on their recovery journey.

“When treatment and recovery program providers told us how the pandemic had impacted their ability to help people, our government listened,” said Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “We took action and provided support so that organizations like Turning Point can focus on the important work they do.”

The MLAs say improving treatment and recovery services has long been a priority of the New Democrat government and is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope — B.C.’s roadmap for making the system of mental health and addictions care better for people.

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