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Premier Kenney: UCP will fund 4,000 new addictions treatment & detox spaces

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Preimer Jason Kenney says the Alberta government will fund 4,000 addiction treatment beds and spaces, outpatient services and medically assisted detox spaces across the province.

Kenney made the announcement Wednesday (Sept. 11) at the Recovery Capital Conference in Calgary.

He says more publicly-funded treatment spaces will make it easier and faster to get important addiction and mental health care in Alberta.

“We promised Albertans we’d help eliminate the barriers to recovery for every family,” says Kenney. “More publicly funded treatment spaces will make it easier and faster to get important addiction and mental health care. These funds are part of our commitment to providing $140 million to improve addiction and mental health care and for opioid response.”

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Another announcement is expected in November regarding which communities will receive these new treatment and detox spaces.

Kenney told the conference he feels the Alberta government in the past has failed “adequately” to fund the treatment and recovery spaces that Alberta families need. “Harm reduction alone is not the answer. “Our government will not stand idly by, while this public health and safety crisis spirals out of control in our communities.”

The previous NDP government had pledged $11.2 million for a supportive housing facility in Lethbridge to help people with addictions, however the new UCP government has put that on hold pending a provincial review.

Premier Kenney says his government will also upgrade existing social detox beds to medically supported detox beds.

Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions says this funding commitment is the first step towards making sure anyone facing addiction and mental health challenges can get well, improve their quality of life and find their path to long-term recovery.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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