February 25, 2019

New Community Recovery Team Launches in Regina

People in Regina who live with complex, persistent mental health challenges now have access to more intensive supports.  The Government of Saskatchewan has dedicated $4.2 million in targeted funding to launch Community Recovery Teams (CRTs) in Regina and seven other communities across Saskatchewan.

“Community Recovery Teams help clients manage their symptoms and avoid hospitalization by bringing care to them – out in the community,” Corrections and Policing Minister and Regina Wascana Plains MLA Christine Tell said.  “This is an important step forward in our government’s commitment to improving mental health services.”

CRTs use a holistic and customized approach to care that helps clients achieve their individual goals and thrive in the community.  Regina’s new CRT includes a team lead, two Community Mental Health Nurses, a Social Worker, and an Occupational Therapist providing more intensive supports for clients who need it on a daily basis.  This is in addition to other team-based services already in place in Regina.

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

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.