The Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to celebrate the commencement of construction at 200 Larch Street Place in downtown Sudbury.
The renovation and retrofit is Phase 1 of the Home For Good project, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Housing. The completed building will provide a permanent location for the Off The Street Shelter, Harm Reduction Home, Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics’ third location, as well as other services and programs for Greater Sudbury’s marginalized populations.
The goal of this collaboration is to meet local needs through an integrated service delivery model.
“CMHA is pleased to be working together with many partners to remove barriers by providing one location with shared resources and services for individuals struggling with mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic homelessness,” CMHA CEO Marion Quigley said in a press release.
“We are very excited to be working with the CMHA. We know that timely access to primary care is associated with positive health outcomes so we are looking forward to expanding our team to provide care for those in need” said Jennifer Clement, Executive Director, Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics.
After the renovations are completed CHMA anticipates that individuals using these services will:
- Decreased use of emergency department
- Decreased use of emergency and police services
- More access to decent and affordable housing
- More access to supportive housing services
- Increased access to primary care services.
Construction of the Off The Street Shelter is planned to be completed in October. The remainder of the project is expected to conclude in January 2020.