Island Health seeks owner/operator for new sobering bed program in Campbell River

May 31, 2016

Island Health has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new community-based sobering and assessment program in Campbell River.

The program will consist of six to nine new sobering beds that will provide short-term services (up to 24 hours) for persons of any gender aged 17 and older who is experiencing intoxication due to drug or alcohol use.

After a review of current substance-use services and community needs in the region, Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use services and community partners have determined that a sobering and assessment program would be a valuable complement to existing supports and services for individuals experiencing substance use challenges. Community partners include the First Nations Health Authority, Campbell River RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, The City of Campbell River, physicians and practitioners.

The beds will be staffed 24-hours-per-day, 365-days-per-year. The successful proponent will work closely with other community partners including Island Health to ensure clients can easily connect with additional outreach, substance use supports and other health, social and housing services when they are ready. It’s expected the program will be operational in late 2016.

Funding for these beds is made possible through the BC Government’s commitment to work with health authorities and the not-for-profit sector to create 500 beds across the province for people in need of substance-use services. Within Island Health, 93 beds will be created as part of the three year plan. To date, 55 beds have been implemented with 38 beds remaining in the final year.

The RFP can be viewed at BC Bid at www.bcbid.ca

Media inquiries:
Valerie Wilson
Manager, Communications,
Engagement and Media Relations
Island Health