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B.C. boosts funding for substance use outreach teams, amid overdose crisis (BCCSU)

The B.C. government is spending $4.27 million to boost integrated addictions outreach teams across the province, during the opioid overdose crisis. The teams, which combine nurses, social workers and peers, are intended to help people access treatment and recovery services. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

VICTORIA — B.C. is boosting the number of substance use teams that combine nurses, counsellors, social workers and outreach staff to help those suffering from addictions.

Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy announced Monday $4.27 million in new permanent annual funding to create seven new integrated addictions teams, and expand nine existing teams.

A 2008 report by the B.C. Centre for Substance Use recommended the government expand medicare to cover the cost of counselling, detox, residential treatment, methadone prescriptions and recovery supports.

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