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Island Health seeks owner/operator for new sobering bed program in Port Hardy

March 23, 2016

PORT HARDY - Island Health has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new residential sobering and assessment program in Port Hardy.

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 suffering from intoxication due to drug or alcohol use. The location of the sobering beds, still to be determined, will also have the ability to accommodate up to 12 clients during extreme weather months.

The beds will be staffed 24-hours-per-day, 365-days-per-year. The successful proponent will work closely with other community partners to ensure that clients can easily connect with additional outreach, addictions support and other health, social and housing services when they are ready. It’s expected the program will be operational in Fall 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:
Valerie Wilson
Manager, Communications, Engagement
and Media Relations Island Health
250-739-6303