The provincial budget includes a number of highlights for the Estevan area.
Among the commitments is $1.0 million for future planning for long-term care facilities in Estevan, Regina and Watrous. The money is for a new regional nursing home in Estevan.
The government has also committed to building upon the success of the new addiction treatment centre located at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan. In the 2021-22 budget, $850,000 will be allocated for 12 additional provincial addiction treatment beds, as well as two new pre-treatment beds.
This addition will increase the total number of beds at the Estevan facility to 32 treatment beds and six pre-treatment beds.
There is also $240,000 to add a police and crisis team (PACT) in Estevan. The PACT units pair a police officer with a mental health professional to help direct individuals with mental health issues to appropriate services. They serve individuals who are experiencing mental illness and/ or addiction issues and provide real-time response to real-time crisis.
The budget also calls for the completion of passing lanes on Highway 39 from Estevan to Corrinne.
The Mercury will have more details on these stories later.