Posted on May 11, 2016

Wildfire Control and Support for Recovery - First Responders - 05-10-2016

Mr. Rodney: During my time as chair of AADAC and associate minister of wellness I visited the addictions facilities in Fort McMurray, and I witnessed first-hand the unique needs of clients there. Given that highly stressful crises dramatically intensify the need for support, to the Minister of Health: with these critical treatment centres shut down, where can citizens seek assistance, including specifically those congregating right now at the Northlands evacuation centre?

The Speaker: The Associate Minister of Health.

Ms Payne: Thank you, Mr. Speaker and to the member for the question. We are happy to report that all of the people who were at the treatment facility in Fort McMurray have been relocated and are receiving the treatment that they require at appropriate facilities in the Edmonton zone.

We are working very diligently to address the mental health needs of our population immediately and in the near future. As I mentioned earlier, we have added an addictions and mental health night shift to the Lac La Biche centre and are continuing to work with AHS to assess the needs of evacuees and ensure that the appropriate supports are in place.

Mr. Rodney: Thank you, Associate Minister. That’s good news

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