“Like other communities in Alberta, Red Deer has been struggling with lack of treatment services for individuals and families affected by addictions for many years. Today’s announcement by the Government of Alberta responds to this long-standing critical health service need in our community.
Over the past decade, our community has publically noted Red Deer’s desperate need for residential treatment to support individuals and families affected by addictions. The health and social consequences of this fact have become tragically evident in our community, reaching an absolute crisis point over the past couple of years. The lives and well-being of our loved ones matter most of all, and this vital investment will significantly help our local addictions response by ensuring access to treatment for individuals and families affected by addictions in Red Deer and Central Alberta.
Today marks an important step toward resolving some of our community’s health and social challenges that we’ve contended with for several years. The Recovery Community positions us to build systematic solutions in the interests of the people we serve. Residential treatment will not solve every health and social problem we are facing as a community, but will also help resolve many community concerns we have been responding to. This project is welcome news not only for Red Deerians, but for all of Central Alberta, as it will pave the way for new options and treatments to combat addictions in communities across our region and province.
On behalf of Red Deer City Council, The City of Red Deer and, above all, the citizens we serve, we thank the Government of Alberta for responding to this critical need for the people of our community and fellow Albertans. I am proud of how the citizens of Red Deer, local leaders and elected officials across the province have worked together and united in this imperative cause.
The City of Red Deer looks forward to working with the Government of Alberta and community partners over the coming months to fulfill this critical community necessity.”
For more information, contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer