Health P.E.I. and the Department of Health and Wellness claim wait times for addictions services are down dramatically compared to a year ago.
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Mount Herbert addictions treatment centre
Wait times for inpatient detox services are now one to three days, down from 15 days a year ago.
As of this week, there are 14 people on the waiting list for detox, compared with 134 on the same list in 2012.
Government attributes the significant decrease to a better organized intake process and increased investment in the methadone maintenance treatment program, which means fewer people have to be re-admitted.
“The new triage system has led to a more organized system, more consistency and fairness and has also improved nursing utilization on the unit," explained Pam Trainor, executive director of acute care and mental health and addictions at Health P.E.I. "Now, when an individual calls, information is gathered and can be prioritized appropriately."
“Ensuring Islanders struggling with addictions have access to the services and programs they need is a clear priority for this government,” said Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie. “Timely access is key in giving Islanders the best opportunities to fight their addictions. By significantly shortening wait times for detox, Islanders can access the supports they need to begin their road to recovery more quickly.”
Government says additional investments in programs and services offered post-detox will continue to support Islanders along every aspect of their recovery.
“We recognize that addiction is a growing issue that affects many Islanders and their families,” said Currie. “We know that detox is only one step in the recovery process. That’s why we are also adding resources to other areas of addictions services such as a new transition unit, patient navigator, outreach service and social worker.”