Prince Rupert's 333 Recovery Home on 11th Avenue East has been named as one of five locations in the province for funding for six beds towards a new supportive employment program for people in recovery.
The Prince Rupert location will share in the 4.9 million dollar grant with other BC recovery centres to provide access to employment services as part of their recovery process.
The evidence-based program will help people gently transition back into their communities, while opening doors to meaningful employment, economic security and independence.
“We all want people going through addiction treatment to have the care and support they need to recover. Integrating employment services into some publicly funded treatment beds will help people get the jobs and connections they need to build a better life.” -- Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
The pilot program, which began this spring and will run for three years, will provide enhanced employment services, including pre-employment skills, job search and maintenance support, as well as a range of mental-health and substance-use interventions for people at five treatment centres.
The program will also highlight best practices for integrated evidence-based employment services, which will help guide improvements in provincial policy and programming for people with complex-care needs.
Other communities participating in the pilot program include: Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton.
More background on today's announcement can be reviewed here.
Further notes from the Legislature can be explored here.