Island Health will host two public drop-in sessions as part of the rezoning application for a proposed 19-bed addictions treatment centre in downtown Parksville.
If approved, the abstinence based centre will be located at 188 McCarter St., formerly known as Elizabeth Manor.
Staff from Island Health will be in attendance to share information and answer questions at both sessions, one in-person on Aug. 2 and the other will be a virtual open house on Aug. 9.
Both sessions will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The centre will support individuals by providing support groups, therapeutic counselling, psychoeducation, relapse prevention and other activities to support participants well-being, according to a presentation by Island Health to Parksville council’s June 19 regular meeting.
The voluntary-only facility would offer a 90-day program for people over 19 years of age who live on Vancouver Island and would be staffed 24/7 with nurses, support workers and would also have a multidisciplinary team.
The target population is adults experiencing substance use challenges with or without co-occurring mental health challenges, but the centre is not intended for people who pose a safety risk to themselves or others, or people with unstable medical conditions, according to the Island Health presentation.
Email MHSUinfo@islandhealth.ca for the Zoom meeting link.
— NEWS Staff