May 31, 2016
SALT SPRING ISLAND - Island Health has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for community-based supportive recovery beds on Salt Spring Island.
The service will consist of two new supportive recovery beds for adults in a safe, structured and secure environment, for clients focusing on their immediate concerns around substance use and their integration back into the community.
The successful proponent will be responsible for providing a home-like supportive, structured care environment that is staffed 365 days a year. The location of the program, which will address the unique needs of those living with substance use challenges, has yet to be determined. It will be staffed to provide client-centred services that support individuals to abstain and reduce harm from substance use.
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 Relations Manager, Island Health