February 06, 2019

Community Recovery Team Launches in Saskatoon

A new Community Recovery Team in Saskatoon is providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.  A total of $4.2 million in targeted funding supports the launch of Community Recovery Teams in Saskatoon and seven other communities across Saskatchewan.

“Mental health is a priority for our government,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “By providing more intensive care out in the community, we can better support people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.”

Community Recovery Teams (CRTs) use a holistic and team-based approach to help clients manage symptoms, achieve their goals, avoid hospitalization, and thrive in the community.  The Saskatoon CRT includes a Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Clinical Counselor, Occupational Therapist, Addiction Counselor, and Assessor Co-ordinator.

“Community Recovery Teams are an important step in supporting clients to be successful at home and in their community,” Executive Director of Mental Health and Addictions for Saskatchewan Health Authority Colleen Quinlan said.  “The interdisciplinary team approach allows for comprehensive and customized care plans that are centred around the client.  This type of model allows us to be flexible and responsive and provide supports when and where the client needs it the most.”

CRTs support Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan and will also be launched in Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Weyburn.

Funding comes from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement.  Announced in January 2017, the federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.