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Island Health seeks owner/operator for new sobering bed program in Cowichan Valley

March 23, 2016

COWICHAN VALLEY - Island Health has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new community-based sobering and assessment program in downtown Duncan.

The program will consist of four to six new sobering beds that people aged 17 and up can access for up to 24 hours when experiencing intoxication due to drug or alcohol use.

Led by Our Cowichan Communities Health Network and including representatives from the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Island Health, Duncan RCMP, Cowichan Tribes and other community partners, a community task force reviewed existing substance use services in the region and determined that a sobering and assessment program would complement the continuum of supports and services already in place for individuals experiencing drug or alcohol use challenges.

The location of the sobering beds is still to be determined. The program will be staffed 24-hours-per-day, 365-days-per-year and 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.

This service expansion is made possible through the Province’s commitment to work with health authorities and the not-for-profit sector to create an additional 500 substance use beds across the province for people in need of substance use services.

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

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Media inquiries:
Kellie Hudson
Media Relations Manager, Island Health
250.370.8908
kellie.hudson@viha.ca