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Wellness & Recovery Centre

  • Designed to meet a growing need: expands current offerings and introduces programs
  • Will provide inpatient (up to 45 at one time) and outpatient services
  • First of its kind in this region and unique in Canada.
  • Improve outcomes for individuals who require these treatments
  • Reduced healthcare costs and use of hospital emergency services
  • Opening Fall 2023
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Brightshores Health System is opening a brand new facility dedicated to supporting individuals with addictions and mental health needs. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health, the new facility, once fully operational, will have space to serve up to 45 inpatients, as well as outpatient services.  The new facility will be located in a former public school in Owen Sound (Bayview School) on 6th A Street East.

This project is the first of its kind in this region, and is unique in Canada. Based on harm reduction and recovery principles, the centre will provide a safe environment for individuals in need of additional support following discharge from hospital/addiction services or who are being referred from a community agency.  The patient journey based on the services that will be offered in the new wellness centre is depicted above.

Why are we building this facility now?

Our region has seen a significant increase in opioid-related hospitalizations, and our Emergency Department visits have tripled in the past few years. This new treatment centre will be the largest of its kind in our region and will be able to treat people from across Grey Bruce. Here’s what we are seeing:
  • Brightshores Health System Withdrawal Management Services is at 100% occupancy with a waitlist
  • Rapid Access Addiction Medicine visits have increased over 500% over the last 3 years
  • 22% of Grey-Bruce residents identify as heavy drinkers
  • 25% of all Emergency Department (ED) substance abuse visits return to the ED within 30 days for a substance abuse or mental health related issue
  • On average there are 15 substance abuse ED visits per day across all of Grey Bruce

The new wellness centre will help the most vulnerable people get off the street and provide a safe space while they get medical treatment and therapy to get back on their feet. Most of these individuals have co-existing alcohol and drug issues and mental health challenges, compounded by unemployment and homelessness. Hospitals are not the best setting for this type of care, and that’s why we are opening a new, purpose-built wellness and treatment facility.

Who will be helped?

People like "Sarah"

My main goal is getting up, working, being happy, being alive, having friends and having a good life. I was at detox recently, stayed 7 days. I wanted to do the Community Addiction Treatment Services program but they were full so I had to go back home. It’s so hard because drugs are around me 24/7. They’re in my home. I have been working on safe housing options for months and there is nothing. If there was a place that was safe, that supported my sobriety, that I could go to work and come home and there were no drugs, my life would be a lot different.”

How will people be helped?

Built on collaboration

The wellness centre will have collaborative space for community partners, which will allow us to offer a range of services and programs for inpatients and outpatients.

Prioritize safety and support

The centre will provide a safe environment for people who need additional support after discharge from hospital and/or addiction services or who are referred by partners, or simply walk in seeking help. Priority access will be provided to Indigenous and transgendered individuals.

The Impact

For individuals treated at the new recovery centre, benefits include:
  • Fewer people and families experience tragic outcomes
  • Reduced suffering and stigmatization
  • More people engaged in employment, education, and self-care activities
  • Fewer people losing stable housing
For all of us in Grey Bruce, the benefits include:
  • Reduced healthcare costs (much less expensive than hospital beds)
  • Reduced use of hospital emergency services
  • Decreased use of social assistance
  • Reduced involvement in the justice system
  • Creates a “centre of excellence” program that can be replicated elsewhere

What services will the new centre offer?

Designated treatment areas

When fully operational the facility will be able to serve 45 inpatients at a time, plus outpatients. Services include:


24/7 Addiction treatment services
  • Medical detoxification
  • Relapse prevention and treatment
Longer-term stays
  • Transitional supportive living; people stay for various lengths of time according to their individualized treatment/support plans
Once the centre is fully operational, therapeutic services will include:
  • Gym
  • Multi-faith Healing Space
  • Designated Indigenous beds
  • Designated Transgender beds
  • Kitchen and dining room (also a space for life and employment skills training)
  • Computer Training Centre
  • Office space to meet and serve drop-in clients
  • Vocational and teaching space

Wellness & Treatment Centre Frequently Asked Questions

When will this new recovery centre open?

The goal is to have the centre open by late 2023.

Who will staff the new centre?

The staff at our current Withdrawl Management Services program, including those in our Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine clinic on 9th Street in Owen Sound will move to the new centre once it opens. In addition to this staff, we are aiming to recruit 35 more individuals to fill various positions. This is a unique model of care, and because it is new, we are optimistic that we can attract staff who want to join us at the beginning of this journey, and help us develop the programs and services.

Are people going to be living in this facility?

People who have committed to treatment will have the option of staying temporarily in the facility. Day visits will be available for people who want to attend programming or counselling but are not ready to commit to treatment.

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