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Temporary mobile SCS opened by province outside Lethbridge shelter

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Alberta Health has opened up a mobile overdose prevention site outside the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre.

With ARCHES announcing it’s permanently shutting down the 1st Avenue South location in two weeks, the province will now be in charge of running this mobile SCS.

Kassadra Kitz, Press Secretary for the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions says in a statement to our radio station the site will operate everyday between 8:00 am and 4:00 am the following day, with three consumption booths.

Kitz says the site will work with local partners with a heavy emphasis on access to recovery-oriented supports, such as transitional shelter, detox and referral to treatment.

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“The mobile overdose prevention site is a temporary solution while we work with the municipality and key stakeholders to ensure longer-term strategies are in place for people struggling with addiction. As part of the longer-term strategy, there will be recovery coaches hired in Lethbridge to build connections with people who are struggling with addiction and connect them with detox, treatment and recovery,” says Kitz.

Kitz also notes that based on the utilization data we’ve received from the current supervised consumption site operator in Lethbridge, the capacity of this mobile site will be sufficient to serve all ARCHES clients.

The UCP cut off grant funding to ARCHES a few weeks back when an audit found $1.6 million unaccounted for public funds at the 1st Avenue South facility the organization has been operating.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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