February 28, 2019

Yorkton Welcomes New Community Recovery Team

A new Community Recovery Team in Yorkton is providing more intensive supports for people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges.  The Government of Saskatchewan has provided $4.2 million in targeted funding to launch Community Recovery Teams (CRTs) in Yorkton and seven other communities across Saskatchewan.

“By providing more intensive care out in the community, Community Recovery Teams help clients manage their symptoms and avoid being hospitalized,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit 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.  Yorkton’s new CRT includes a team lead, two occupational therapists, one addictions counselor, two mental health therapists, four nurses and a social worker.

“We are honored here in Yorkton to have been supported in creating a CRT,” Saskatchewan Health Authority Interim Manager of the Yorkton Crisis Assessment and Recovery Team Britton Houdek said.  “The ability to be flexible in our work to meet client needs is crucial in supporting clients on their journey with mental health and addictions, and making sure they receive the support that is best suited for their needs.”

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