MLA Leonard says Comox Valley treatment and recovery beds to be made more accessible

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COURTENAY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says people in the Comox Valley struggling with substance use challenges will soon have access to two publicly funded beds for women at the Comox Valley Transition Society.

“Having access to a treatment bed at the right time can be critical for people looking for help with substance use and other challenges,” said Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “This funding will help make sure that these beds are available and accessible for people in the Comox Valley who need them.”

The Comox Valley Transition Society is receiving $300,000 to convert two beds from private-pay to publicly funded, making treatment more accessible.

Additionally, the Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo, which serves people from all around B.C., is receiving funding for five publicly-funded beds.

These beds are being funded as part of $13 million that was announced last fall, which is supporting more than 100 beds province-wide.

The New Democrat BC Government feels this investment is an important step to address the overdose crisis. Under the previous government, investments in bed-based care did not meet demand, resulting in long waitlists and lack of service in rural and remote communities. The New Democrat government is enhancing B.C.’s response to the overdose crisis, an integral part of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for building the comprehensive system of mental health and addictions care British Columbians deserve.

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