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Street Outreach Service begins with new sobering centre

The new sobering centre in Yellowknife is officially open.

In a collaborative effort, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, the Department of Health and Social Services, and the City of Yellowknife began operations for the centre at the Yellowknife Community Arena.

The Arena will host the sobering centre on a temporary basis while a more permanent location is found.

Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, says the focus on mental health and addictions is a priority moving forward:

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This program is yet another example of building stronger relationships with community governments and thereby enhancing community wellness and safety.

Mayor of Yellowknife, Mark Heyck, adds that the sobering centre is a part of the Council’s goals and objectives to revitalize our downtown:

Together with HSS and NTHSSA, we are focused on improving the health and well-being of all Yellowknifers and look forward to this new program and partnership.

The program’s hours will be 1:00 pm to 6:00 am.

The final costs will not be known until the program design is done and once a longer-term location is secured. The budget for staff and program operations is approximately $900,000.

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