Saskatchewan expands virtual care for mental health
April 26, 2023
REGINA – Saskatchewan announced 36 new virtual outpatient treatment spaces for residents in need of addictions supports. Mental health and addictions minister Everett Hindley (pictured) said the outpatient spaces will begin coming online this spring through EHN Canada.
EHN Canada specializes in treating all types of addictions and related mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, and eating disorders.
“The 36 virtual treatment spaces will provide greater accessibility across the province, including rural and northern Saskatchewan, reflecting the importance of meeting people where they’re at in their journey to recovery,” said Hindley.
The province says the virtual model offers greater accessibility, especially for people living in northern and remote areas.
The program requires at least nine hours of structured treatment per week, including virtual group and individual counselling sessions. It’s an eight week intensive program, followed by 10 months of aftercare.
The government has funding to add 100 more treatment spaces, the majority of which will be at traditional facilities.
The 36 virtual spaces follow the 14 post-treatment spaces announced for St. Joseph’s Addiction Recovery Centre in March, totally 50 new spaces so far, according to the province.