More beds being added for substance-use treatment in IHA

The Thompson-Cariboo region will receive 16 of the 73 substance-use treatment beds

By Kamloops This Week

The Thompson-Cariboo region will receive 16 of the 73 substance-use treatment beds being added to the Interior Health Authority’s inventory.

A dozen will be support recovery, while four will be adult withdrawal-management beds. Four youth withdrawal-management beds are being added, but will be located in the central Okanagan region.

The procurement-process details and information will be posted on the B.C. Bid website next week.

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

“We currently have 121 substance use treatment beds and, the addition of these 73 new 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.”

It’s expected the beds will be in place by next spring.