Detox facility grand opening set

Press Release

A new residential treatment and medically-supervised detoxification facility is scheduled to open in December in the Southern Treaty #3 and Rainy River District.
In July, 2016, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services (FFTAHS) submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
The proposal was approved this past July and funding commitments were received to operate the new program named Mino Ayaa Ta Win (Helping Ourselves Heal).
The facility is located 10 minutes east of Fort Frances on Mishkiki Miikan Road.
The facility is a partnership lease between Rainy River First Nations and FFTAHS.
The grand-opening celebration for the Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m.
“The birthing of the new service, which has been the vision of our region for years, has been the collaboration of our federal and provincial partners, as well as FFTAHS, who have worked diligently to ensure First Nations and others within our region receive the same services as others in Ontario,” said FFTAHS executive director Calvin Morrisseau.
“In over 30 years of active service in the Health and Social Services field, I have never witnessed this amount of dedication to reduce the barriers of accessing services as I witnessed in this initiative,” he added.
“The technical people, at all three levels, demonstrated that teamwork, above all else, can move tremendous barriers,” Morrisseau noted.
The Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre will provide residential treatment and medically-supervised detoxification for members of the 10 Fort Frances area First Nations and the surrounding area of Northwestern Ontario.
The main focus is to provide holistic support and healing that includes a wraparound of mental health counselling, cultural and community support services.
“We are thrilled that after years of advocating and negotiating, we can offer detox and treatment services in the catchment area,” said Lori Flinders, FFTAHS director of Behavioural Health Services.
“FFTAHS is a leader in innovative practice and the three governments that came together to realize this facility showed innovation in resourcing to make it happen,” she added.
Referrals will begin mid-November, with intakes beginning Dec. 4, Flinders noted.