Minister John Rustad and Minister Shirley Bond visited Baldy Hughes today to announce new funding of $1 million for our Therapeutic Community.
The funding will go to opening and operating 20 new beds, including increasing staffing with the addition of three full-time registered nurses and one full-time occupational therapist.
Recovery services offered at Baldy Hughes occur over a year, including an intensive 12-step group program, animal and horticultural farm programs, vocational training, intensive counselling, occupational therapy, leadership and civic roles, and health and fitness activities.These new positions complement the existing services offered at Baldy Hughes, which include support from psychiatric nurses, a psychiatrist, general practitioner, licensed practical nurse and clinical counsellor. Baldy Hughes has already been able to open up the 20 beds, and has filled 13 of them so far.
Baldy Hughes offers a total of 65 beds and graduates between two and five men per month.
Ministers Bond and Rustad were joined in today’s announcement by Kevin England, BC New Hope Recovery Society President, and Rodger Travale, Baldy Hughes Executive Director. Event participants also enjoyed a tour of our program displays, created by our residents.Community representatives from The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Prince George Regional Correctional Centre, Forensic Psychiatric Services and School District 57 joined us for the event, and were entertained by members of our community band.
For more information, please review the official funding announcement of the Ministry of Health, released earlier today.
We thank our supporters, particularly the Ministry of Health, for their support of our community!