Substance abuse care expanded for Vernon

IHA has announced that six new support recovery beds are designated for the North Okanagan.

There will soon be additional resources for residents struggling with addictions.

The Interior Health Authority has announced that six new support recovery beds are designated for the North Okanagan.

“We’re in the process of building a system to further support mental health and substance use health care teams across Interior Health,” said David Harrhy, mental health and substance use executive director.

“The addition of these beds will allow us to better provide integrated specialized care planning and services in collaboration with clients and their families who have complex substance use issues.”

The support recovery beds will provide clients a substance-free setting while they await residential treatment, return from residential treatment or transition to a more stable lifestyle.

The procurement process will be posted to the B.C. Bid website for the creation of the beds and IHA anticipates the contracts being awarded in the summer.