Brantford, ON (September 27, 2018) – Brantford’s first Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic is opening September 28.  The RAAM clinic offers a multi-discipline team offering rapid access to medically assisted, integrated and holistic treatment for individuals with drug or alcohol issues.  The RAAM Clinic model supports the Brantford- Brant County’s Drug Strategy.

Brantford’s RAAM clinic is a collaboration between St. Leonard’s Community Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk), De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre and the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). 

“This is a big step forward for both patients and providers in the community fighting drug or alcohol addiction,” said Christine Churchill, Director of Clinical Programs and Services at BCHS. “Substance use disorders are treatableand the goal of the RAAM clinic is to make appropriate resources and treatment readily available to those seeking help with their addiction.”

RAAM clinics are intended to fill gaps in the addiction treatment system by providing patients with quickaccess to evidence based addiction care.  At the Brantford RAAM Clinic, patients can be assessed and assisted by a wide range of professionals, including: an addictions physician, a mental health counsellor, an addiction counsellor, a case management specialist, a mental health social worker and an indigenous mental health and addictions counsellor.

The Brantford RAAM Clinic model is based upon the META:PHI care pathway, which is being used successfully at clinics throughout Ontario. 

“Evidence shows that by providing patients with faster access to more supportive treatment, delivered in a more integrated way, patient outcomes improve and emergency room visits decrease,” continued Churchill, “That’s the model we are bringing to fight addictions in Brantford and surrounding areas.”

Anyone 16 years of age or older with symptoms of a substance use disorder may access the RAAM Clinic services.  Individuals may be referred to the RAAM through any healthcare setting including hospital, psychiatric or primary care physicians.  In addition, individuals can self-refer on a walk-in basis.

The RAAM clinic is located at 347 Colborne St, in Brantford and is open from 9 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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