Maple Ridge addiction treatment centre gets 16 new beds

Part of Fraser Health addition of 147 new beds across the region

A substance abuse treatment centre for women in Maple Ridge will be expanded as part of the province’s commitment to provide 500 new addiction treatment beds around the province.

Hannah House is getting funding for 16 more supportive recovery beds, up from 10, Fraser Health announced recently.

The health authority increased access to treatment with a total of 147 new treatment beds across the region, it announced on April 4.

The new beds opened as of March 31, and are already filled, said Joanna Schofield, director of Hannah House, which is run by the InnerVisions Recovery Society, based in Port Coquitlam.

“It means we can help more people,” said Schofield. “It has to be a positive thing.”

Hannah House’s clients come from a range of backgrounds.

“This is first-stage recovery – some people are homeless, some have been in detox, and some are at risk of being homeless,” said Schofield.

Generally, the women stay there a minimum of 60 days, many stay 90 days, then are ready for a second-stage housing facility, such as Alouette Heights in Maple Ridge.

“Lots of our clients don’t have a safe place to return to,” said Schofield, and the Hannah House staff work with them for the best housing plan possible, “so they can continue to use the tools we’ve taught them.”

The 147 new beds are a combination of both supportive recovery and intensive residential treatment beds.

There are specialized services for South Asian men, indigenous people, young people aged 19 to 24 and women.

“We have focused on increasing treatment services as a component of Fraser Health’s comprehensive overdose prevention and response strategy,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, chief medical health officer for the region.

“These new substance use treatment beds and enhanced services in two of our communities will help support a person to begin the road to recovery.”

• Hannah House can be reached by calling 604-466-4215 or 1-866-466-4215.