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Kenney outlines funding for addiction recovery centres in Alberta

Last Updated Feb 2, 2020 at 11:54 am MDT

Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney speaks to media during the Western Premiers' conference, in Edmonton on Thursday, June 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Jason Kenney outlined funding planned for several addiction recovery centres in Alberta on Saturday.

The announcement came earlier this year when the provincial government pledged more than $80 million to expand access to addiction treatment and recovery for Albertans.

On Saturday, Kenney gave a more in-depth look at where some of the money will be going in the first wave of the funding at the Fresh Start Recovery Centre in northeast Calgary.

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Fresh Start is set to receive $1.6 million to help fund 30 of its 50 beds.

“This kind of support for abstinence-based treatment and long term recovery is unprecedented,” Stacey Petersen with Fresh Start said. “This my friends, is a game-changer.”

The money will provide a massive boost for Fresh Start, as it currently only has one bed that is publicly funded.

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In Lloydminster, the Thorpe Recovery Centre will receive $2.2 million to help fund 36 new beds.

Sunrise Healing Lodge will get $520,000 to fund 10 new beds, constituting over 150 spaces.

“Today, we thank the provincial government for hearing our voices, for acting on what they heard and for ensuring the recovery centres get the funding they need,” Leslie Big Bull with Sunrise Healing said. “Today, we head in a new direction.”

The funding comes at the beginning of what Kenney says is a four-year plan.