Contracts have been awarded for the creation of 16 withdrawal management beds-4 of which will be located in Williams Lake following an announcement on Friday by Interior Health.
Ann Smith is the chief executive officer for Axis Family Resources Limited.
“This is great not only for the people who we believe will really benefit from this service, but it’s also some really neat job opportunities for people in our community. We’re currently recruiting for a full-time RN position, licensed practical nurses, and withdrawal management workers.”
Smith says the beds in Williams Lake are on target to open in the spring of this year.
The 16 beds, eight of which will be in Castlegar, and the remaining four in Kelowna which will be dedicated to providing support for youth, are the first of their kind for the communities they will be located in.
“Withdrawal management beds help individuals take the first necessary step towards recovery,” said Health Minister Terry Lake in today’s media release.
“These beds provide individual support to help minimize the negative physical and psychological effects of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. It puts them on the road to recovery, helping new possibilities to become a reality.”
(With Files from Interior Health)