Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and Farm has received $1 million from Victoria.
The funding will go to opening and operating 20 new beds, including increasing staffing with the addition of three full-time registered nurses and one full-time occupational therapist. These new positions complement the existing services offered at Baldy Hughes, which include support from psychiatric nurses, a psychiatrist, general practitioner, licensed practical nurse and clinical counsellor. Baldy Hughes has already been able to open up the 20 beds, and has filled 13 of them so far.
Recovery services offered at Baldy Hughes occur over a year, including an intensive 12-step group program, animal and horticultural farm programs, vocational training, intensive counselling, occupational therapy, leadership and civic roles, and health and fitness activities. Baldy Hughes offers a total of 65 beds and graduates between two and five men per month.
“Every day men arrive at Baldy Hughes devastated by the effects of long-term addiction and disruptions to mental health,” said Rodger Travale, executive director, BC New Hope Recovery Society, which operates Baldy Hughes, in a press release. “And every day, I am also awed at their achievements in meeting the challenges of recovery. I’m thankful and proud of our Province for leading recovery, by investing in the structure and services that will allow those struggling with mental health and addictions to achieve their personal best.”