ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON, October 22, 2018 - Ontario's Government for the People is
planning to provide those who are struggling with opioid and other drug addictions
the first steps towards treatment through new wraparound health and social services
beginning in January 2019.
"Ontario's Government for the People is moving forward with a new, enhanced pragmatic
approach to overdose prevention and treatment services," said Jeff Yurek, MPP for
Elgin-Middlesex-London. "Services provided under the new Consumption and Treatment
Services model would be focused uncompromisingly on connecting people to treatment,
and providing more and better support to those struggling with addiction."
Organizations would need to apply to provide treatment and rehabilitation services,
and would also need to offer connections to health and social services, including
primary care, mental health supports, housing, and employment. Before and after
each site is selected, consultations would be held to ensure the voices of communities
are heard. Sites would also need to have a plan in place to ensure community concerns
are addressed on an ongoing basis.
- Consumption and Treatment Services would replace the former Supervised Consumption
Services and Overdose Prevention Site models. Existing sites could apply to continue
operating under the planned new model.
- Under the new model, each site would implement an ongoing monitoring and reporting
plan, as well as adhere to a comprehensive enforcement and audit protocol. This
would help review performance, provide measurable outcomes and ensure compliance.
- The new model would continue to feature life-saving overdose prevention and harm
reduction services, as well as a new focus on connecting people with treatment and
- It is anticipated that approved sites could begin to transition to the new model
beginning in January 2019, with all approved sites expected to be in place by April
- Ontario is planning to expand access to addiction treatment by creating more detox
beds in high need communities.