There’s a new walk-in addictions clinic in Sioux Lookout — at both the hospital and emergency shelter – CBC

The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, splitting time at both locations

Jul 18, 2023

A new Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic has opened in Sioux Lookout, Ont., with a dual location designed to make people feel more comfortable accessing services.

Known as a RAAM clinic, these spaces offer addictions services to people looking for help in managing substance use. No appointments are needed in advance.

In Sioux Lookout, the clinic, which opened in early June, operates at both the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s (SLMHC) Mental Health and Addiction Program and at the Sioux Lookout Emergency Shelter.

“I think that logistically it makes sense because individuals accessing the emergency shelter often feel that they face a lot of stigma accessing care through the hospital or perhaps don’t feel comfortable going there,” said Dr. Justin Bell, SLMHC’s chief of mental health and addictions.

“We wanted to make sure that some of the people that needed the service the most were getting the service delivered to them where they were staying,” he said.

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