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Two Niagara mental health agencies now under one roof
The new facility held an open house celebration on April 15, where more than 100 people attended the event. (Supplied)

The Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara and Niagara Health have partnered to open a facility with mental health and addictions programs all under one roof. The new location is at Welland Ave., St. Catharines and opened to the public last week.

“It was important to understand the needs of our clients, their families, community partners and our healthcare teams to help form our planning," Suzanne Johnston, president of Niagara Health, said in a news release. "This opportunity is part of Niagara Health’s larger focus on increasing access to care for mental health and addictions programs.”

Tara McKendrick, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara, said the new collaborative partnership "will more effectively meet the needs of individuals in our community. It has only been possible due to the support of our boards, our staff, our community partners and feedback received from clients and their families, and we look forward to opening for service.”

Niagara Health services like Men’s and Women’s Withdrawal Management (Detox), ABC (A Better Choice), the Out and About Methadone Clinic and Hepatitis C Satellite Clinic will be provided at the facility.

As well, all Canadian Mental Health Association programs and services, including the Safe Beds Program and Urgent Support Services, will be provided at the new location.