Community partners under one roof

The ribbon has been cut, Niagara Health and Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara have partnered bringing together many needed programs under one roof in St. Catharines. Niagara Health photo

Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara, Niagara Health open new shared location

Monday’s celebration of two partners coming together under one roof to provide mental health and addictions programs is a result of extensive community consultation and engagement.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara and Niagara Health consulted with hundreds of clients, their families and community partners to help guide their planning for the new shared location at 264 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines.

“CMHA is proud to be part of this innovative and collaborative partnership which will more effectively meet the needs of individuals in our community,” said Tara McKendrick, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara. “It has only been possible due to the support of our Boards, our staff, our community partners and feedback received from clients and their families, and we look forward to opening for service.”

Both organizations are extremely grateful for the valuable feedback and input from the community that made this new location a reality.

“We were so impressed by the feedback from the community, which helped to make this partnership possible,” said Suzanne Johnston, President, Niagara Health. “It was important to understand the needs of our clients, their families, community partners and our healthcare teams to help form our planning. This opportunity is part of Niagara Health’s larger focus on increasing access to care for mental health and addictions programs. We have introduced a number of new programs and services over the past several years to provide care closer to home.”

“Collaboration is vital to creating a patient-centred health system, and this is another example of the power of partnership. This exciting and innovative opportunity with CMHA and the many other partnerships we have forged in Niagara and beyond are proof that we’re better when we work together,” said Dr. Tom Stewart, CEO, Niagara Health and St. Joseph’s Health System.

Programs provided in St. Catharines by CMHA Niagara and Niagara Health’s Adams Street Addiction Services will open to the community on Tuesday, April 16/2019, at 264 Welland Ave. More than 100 people attended an Open House celebration on Monday.

Partnering under one roof will improve care and better connect clients to mental health and addiction program. It will also help them more easily navigate the system.

The purposely renovated space is brighter and larger and will provide a safer environment and fully accessible programs and services.

Niagara Health services moving to the new location are Men’s and Women’s Withdrawal Management (Detox), ABC (A Better Choice), the Out and About Methadone Clinic and Hepatitis C Satellite Clinic.

All Canadian Mental Health Association St Catharines programs and services, including the Safe Beds Program and Urgent Support Services, will also be provided at the new location.

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