Support recovery beds announced for Nelson

Interior Health is funding eight new beds to help people recovering from mental health or substance abuse issues.

Interior Health board director Pat Dooley outside Kootenay Lake Hospital. IH is funding eight recovery beds in Nelson.

Interior Health board director Pat Dooley outside Kootenay Lake Hospital. IH is funding eight recovery beds in Nelson.

Interior Health is pleased to announce ANKORS HIV/AIDS Network, Outreach and Support Society as the successful proponent to create eight new support recovery beds in Nelson to serve the Kootenay Boundary area.

“These new beds are a great complement to the ongoing work of the mental health and substance use support workers in the area,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “We’re making progress to support those who have previously struggled to receive the care they require to get back on their feet.”

The eight support recovery beds are the first of their kind in Nelson and will provide clients a safe, substance-free setting while they await residential treatment, return from residential treatment or transition to a more stable lifestyle.

Interior Health Board director Pat Dooley understands firsthand about the pain and suffering endured by people with mental health and/or substance use issues and their families.

“As both a mother and a board member, I am delighted to see the investment in recovery beds throughout our region,” said Dooley. “My son Sean struggled for years with depression, which resulted in periods of substance use. These were very difficult times for him and those who love him.

“There were no recovery beds available when he was ready to seek help, so his employer and family paid for private treatment which began his road back to health. These eight new support recovery beds are long overdue for the area and I am so happy to know other families will be able to find help for their loved ones.”

Interior Health announced in April its plan to open 73 new substance use treatment beds, including 57 support recovery beds and 16 withdrawal management beds. These beds are also part of the province’s commitment to add 500 additional substance use spaces throughout British Columbia by 2017.

“Strong partnerships between local governments and local organizations are key when it comes to addressing mental health and substance use issues,” said Mayor Deb Kozak. “It’s a team effort and the City of Nelson looks forward to working with Interior health and ANKORS to ensure our community residents receive the care and supports they require.”

ANKORS anticipates the new beds will begin receiving clients towards the end of this year.

“We’re very pleased to be providing these beds right here in the Kootenay Boundary area,” said ANKORS executive director Cheryl Dowden. “Having these beds and the supports that come with them closer to home is a huge step in helping individuals on their way to recovery.”