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Clinic will streamline help for northern Manitobans suffering from addictions: Bindle
A Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinic has opened in Thompson, offering front-line help for northern Manitobans suffering from addictions, Kelly Bindle, MLA for Thompson, announced today.
“RAAM clinics provide assessment, counselling, the prescribing of appropriate medication and connections for patients to community treatment and primary care physicians,” said Bindle. “The clinics are key elements in the provincial effort to help Manitobans seeking treatment for addictions or substance-related concerns.”
The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba’s Eaglewood site will house Thompson’s RAAM clinic. The clinics are designed to help patients navigate between addictions medicine specialists, primary care providers and community supports, and are typically staffed by an addictions physician and a combination of clinicians, counsellors and outreach workers.
“RAAM clinics work closely with hospitals, emergency departments, crisis services and primary care centres to quickly assess patients, then provide the appropriate services and treatment,” said Ben Fry, executive director of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. “By reducing long waits and line-ups, these clinics will have a positive effect for Manitobans seeking help for their addiction issues, such as opioids and methamphetamine.”
“This service in Thompson will benefit our residents who suffer from addictions and provide them with the appropriate care when seeking treatment,” said Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant. “Working together as partners, AFM and the Northern Health Region can greatly enhance care to those seeking it.”
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living provided $1.237 million for the creation of the clinics, which were highlighted as a successful model during extensive public consultations for the development of a provincial mental health and addictions strategy. Another RAAM clinic is opening today in Brandon. Two RAAM clinics opened in Winnipeg within the past two months, and a RAAM clinic is slated to open in Selkirk later this year.