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Saskatoon Health Region Partners With The Lighthouse And M.D. Ambulance To Improve Health Care In The Community

Saskatoon Health Region’s 14-Day Challenge, which ended yesterday, has resulted in a new six-month pilot project at the Lighthouse Supported Living in partnership with the Region and M.D. Ambulance. The Lighthouse is a community-based organization that provides emergency shelter, supported living and affordable housing to those in need in Saskatoon.

As part of the six-month pilot project, the Lighthouse will:​

  • Dedicate another eight beds to clients with mental health complex needs and expand support to clients 24 hours a day. The increase in beds from 9 to 17 will support people to transition to independent living.
  • Expand the Stabilization Unit to 24 hours. The unit currently provides emergency shelter to clients under the influence of drugs or alcohol from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. The increase in hours is expected to reduce substance misuse and mental health-related admissions to emergency departments, and improve access to addiction support.
  • IMG_9232Expand the Lighthouse Mobile Outreach service from six to 16 hours a day, improving access to services, reducing the use of ambulances and ensuring case managers can spend less time transporting clients and more time assisting them one-on-one. The Mobile Outreach service allows a team of two to provide transportation to homeless or struggling individuals to the Lighthouse or other support services.

Have a paramedic on site 12 hours a day, seven days a week. An embedded paramedic on the Lighthouse’s primary health team will be able to provide emergency assessment and triage, as well as general paramedicine, reducing the need for ambulance and acute care access.

  • Add a care aide, addictions counsellor and increased primary health nurse practitioner hours to the team to improve continuity of care, enhance referral and access to appropriate services and advance coordination of multiple health team members on site.

Overall, the expansion of services is meant to decrease emergency department visits and consults, ambulance and police calls, and inpatient admissions to acute care by ensuring the right care by the right provider at the right time in the right place. For more information on consults, click here​.

“Saskatoon Health Region is making investments at the Lighthouse that will have a significant impact on the quality of life for Lighthouse residents and those using their shelter services,” says Tracy Muggli, Director of Mental Health and Addictions Services, Saskatoon Health Region. “Improving the overall health status and outcomes of Lighthouse residents in an environment they are already accessing will improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable, high-needs and at-risk individuals in our community.”

The community paramedicine model is an important piece to ensure clients are provided the right care at the right time in their homes.

“M.D. Ambulance is pleased to have a paramedic embedded with the Lighthouse care team,” says Gerry Schriemer, Chief Operating Officer for M.D. Ambulance. “The paramedic will bring a skill set that will assist the decision-making process to ensure that clients receive the right care utilizing the right resources at the right facilities.”

The pilot project is a result of the Region’s ongoing planning sessions as part of the Lighthouse Integrated Health and Shelter Team.

“We are very thankful for the support of Saskatoon Health Region and M.D. Ambulance, allowing us to work together to help men and women achieve greater health, stability and independence,” says Don Windels, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Supported Living. “Through co-operation in our community we can address gaps in the system and help improve the lives of those in Saskatoon.”

Learn more about the services provided at the Lighthouse Supported Living: www.lighthousesaskatoon.org.

Learn more about the Region’s 14-Day Challenge: www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/news.

Action Accord Media Release highlights Lighthouse success

photo 2 (21)Today the Action Accord held a press conference at the Lighthouse to release data showing that holding intoxicated individuals in city cells has gone down since the Lighthouse Stabilization Unit opened and individuals are increasingly being housing in the most appropriate facilities.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said, “The Saskatoon Police Service is very pleased to see this dramatic shift toward the increased use of appropriate facilities such as the BDU and the Lighthouse. The traditional use of police service calls was one of necessity, not one of choice. The addition of the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter in 2013 provided the capacity we needed to better enable us to provide emergency shelter to people with dignity and access to ‘next day’ services.”

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To read the full report click the link: Action Accord Media Release June 10 2014.

Assisted living centre gets tax money for renovation, new unit

Reported by Bryn Levy
First Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:03pm | Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014 5:00pm

A commitment from the provincial government means a major facelift for the Lighthouse Supported Living facility in downtown Saskatoon.

Health minister Dustin Duncan was on hand to announce $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Saskatchewan.

“It’s just a very worthwhile program and organization that’s been serving the people of Saskatoon for many years,” Duncan said.

The money caps a $4 million fundraising blitz started by the Lighthouse 11 months ago. A portion will go towards renovations to the facility, which provides housing to about 70 people in what was formerly the Capri Hotel.

The Lighthouse’s DeeAnne Mercier said the renovation will bring the building “into this century.”

“We’re going to be taking out the carpeting, re-doing the drywall, re-doing the plumbing, re-doing the bathroom fixtures. Making accessible doorways for people. Just those little things that are so important when you want to provide a safe home for people,” Mercier said.

Another piece of the project will see the construction of a 38-bed stabilisation unit.  The new unit will provide temporary emergency shelter to people who may be too intoxicated to be housed elsewhere.

Tracy Muggli is director of mental health and addictions services for the Saskatoon Health Region. She said the new unit will help reduce costly emergency room visits when the region’s eight bed Brief Detox Unit (BDU) fills up.

“We know that we can provide shelter services for far less. And, it’s a far more appropriate placement for people that are struggling,” she said.

For the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS), the issue of where to house intoxicated people is particularly important.

The service was rocked by three deaths in its holding cells back in 2010, and has been pushing to get out of the business of being the city’s housing of last resort ever since.

“We did have three in-custody deaths within a short period of time. And nobody wants to see that, whether it be in cells, whether it be in a park, or in your own home,” said Inspector Larry Vols, who heads up the SPS Headquarters Division.

Vols said the new unit will be another step in relieving pressure on the holding cells.

“People that need housing, that need other assistance, don’t need to be in our cells. We’re happy to see that there’s money being put aside for them,” he said.

Lighthouse Stabilization Shelter Helping Those In Need

The first month of the new Stabilization Shelter in the Lighthouse has proved the absolute need for emergency housing for those who are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. People who have not committed a criminal act but are being held in police detention due to being intoxicated has gone down 30% since the Stabilization Shelter at the Lighthouse opened.

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This morning some key stats from the two year pilot project of providing a Primary Care Paramedic in Saskatoon Police Services cells reiterated the need for the community to come together to help those who are struggling in our community with addictions and mental health issues.

Some of those stats the Action Accord released today include examining the period from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013:

During the two year period, 3,984 people were held in police service detention solely due to being intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. On average that is 5.5 people per day and represents 19.8 per cent of all people in detention.

During the same period, 2,670 people were turned away from the Brief Detoxification Unit because it was full. This equates to 3.7 people per day.

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The Stabilization Shelter at the Lighthouse is composed of 20 army cots which can be reconfigured based on how many people check in to sleep for the night. On average there are 10-12 people staying in the shelter but that number has been as high as 15. More people are expected to use the facility as the weather cools and more people become aware that they can come to the Lighthouse for a safe, warm sleep while they may be under the influence.

When individuals arrive they are triaged to make sure they are stable enough to spend the night in the shelter. If they require medical supervision they are referred to Brief and Social Detox or the Emergency. Violent or unruly behaviour is not tolerated at all, and if people are combative the police are called.

Generally people come in, take off their outer layer of clothes and go to sleep fairly quickly. Staff at the Lighthouse wash their clothes while they are sleeping so that they have something fresh to put on in the morning. Toast, coffee, and juice or water is served in the morning to help settle the stomach and provide some nourishment.

As people leave for the day they have the opportunity to talk to one of our councillors on staff. Long-term stable housing is the focus for all those we serve, as well as proper health care or rehabilitation services, and employment opportunities or any other issues that may be affecting them. The Lighthouse has a volunteer which co-ordinates an AA meeting every Monday night at 8:00pm.

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By providing a broad spectrum of housing the Lighthouse is able to meet the needs of the more vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community. The Stabilization Shelter is an opportunity for individuals to learn about opportunities which will enable better lifestyle choices and hopefully inspire long-term changes.

Thanks to the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership for their support of this project which is impacting the lives of so many in our community.

Stabilization Emergency Shelter Now Open

New shelter opens

ShelterCalled the Stabilization Emergency Shelter, it’s a 20-bed facility at the Lighthouse in downtown Saskatoon. It’s designed for men and women who need a place to stay — but who may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
CTV Saskatoon 
Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:10PM CST 
Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:13PM CST

A new shelter that opened today is the first of its kind in Saskatoon.

Called the Stabilization Emergency Shelter, it’s a 20-bed facility at the Lighthouse in downtown Saskatoon. It’s designed for men and women who need a place to stay — but who may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Saskatoon already has a brief detox centre, but space is limited, and it’s mainly designed for people who need medical intervention.

The new shelter is for people who are homeless and may be under the influence – but don’t need medical attention.

It’s being funded by the federal government. Staff at the 20-bed dorm-style facility are trained to work with people who are under the influence.

Police say it will help take some of the pressure off police cells.

“It could mean up to two or three-thousand fewer people coming into our detention cells at the Saskatoon Police Service,” said Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill. “We’ve had people that we’ve housed 80, 90 times within a year.”

Clients are not allowed to bring alcohol or drugs into the shelter – but it does give them a safe place to stay.

“We know homelessness is often connected with mental illness, and substance abuse,” said Tracy Mugglie, head of Mental Health and Addiction services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

“Working with the Lighthouse will help reduce health disparity for these vulnerable members of the community.”

It’s also hoped support provided by the shelter will help people stabilize their lives, and move into housing.

Read more: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/new-shelter-opens-1.1372779#ixzz2ZQnGTYoj