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Improving Access to Addictions Services for First Nations

New Ontario Government Partners With First Nations to Support Community Addiction Initiatives

Ontario is working with First Nations communities to increase access to care and community supports for those addicted to prescription narcotics. 

The province is providing ongoing annual funding to support five new Community Wellness Development Teams and to increase the use of telemedicine equipment in First Nations treatment centres across Ontario.   

Community Wellness Development Teams provide mental health and addictions expertise and support to First Nations communities seeking help in addressing prescription narcotic addiction by blending tradition and cultural practices. Using new telemedicine equipment will allow providers to conference with patients in remote communities to enhance addictions treatments.

Improving access to mental health and addictions services in First Nation communities supports Ontario'sMental Health and Addictions Strategy, and is part of The Way Forward in building a strong economy and a fair society for all Ontarians. 

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