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CMHA Sudbury Celebrates Launch of Transformational Mental Health Home

July 2, 2013

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Sudbury/Manitoulin Branch is celebrating the launch of a new transformational residential home that is the first of its kind in the City of Sudbury.

 From left are Shana Calixte, executive director of the Northern Initiative for Social Action, Paul Heinrich, CEO of the North Bay Regional Health Centre, Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Marion Quigley, CEO of the local CMHA.

Left to right: Shana Calixte, executive director of the Northern Initiative for Social Action, Paul Heinrich, CEO of the North Bay Regional Health Centre, Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Marion Quigley, CEO of the local CMHA.

The local CMHA branch received $235,000 from the North East Local Health Integration Health Network to operate the home, which will provide enhanced mental health services for the eight people living there. Individuals moving into the home have completed their hospital stay and are ready to live in the community with support.

“This home represents CMHA’s continuing vision of providing safe, affordable and supportive housing in the community,” said Marion Quigley, CEO, CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin. “People have difficulty when they transition from hospital into the community, and so when you have a mental illness and you’re into recovery, it’s very difficult to build back and get integrated into the community.”

Peer Support Workers who have lived experience of mental illness will be on staff to support tenants with skill development to increase independence.

The home is the result of a partnership by CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin with North Bay Regional Health Centre and the Northern Initiative for Social Action.

Read more about this exciting initiative in The Sudbury Star.

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