WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says it has reached its goal of opening up 100 beds for supportive recovery housing across the province.
Mental Health, Wellness, and Recovery Minister Audrey Gordon says the total is the result of the addition of nine such units in Brandon to serve the Westman region, costing an initial investment of nearly $90,000. Gordon says fulfilling the commitment toward all 100 new beds took an investment of $2.6 million through the Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addictions Services Funding Agreement.
"Recovery from substance use or addiction is challenging,” Gordon explains, “And we know that a supportive environment is crucial in an individual’s recovery journey."
The supportive housing programs provide accommodation in recovery-oriented environments for six months to two years. Residents will be provided with counselling and coaching for daily living as individuals transition back to community living.
Manitoba has been funding new beds under this model since 2019. They include 70 at Siloam Mission, Riverwood Church Community, and Tamarack Recovery Centre Inc. in Winnipeg; 12 at Men Are Part of the Solution in Thompson and for women in northern Manitoba; and nine for the Community Health and Housing Association in Brandon.