Provincial budget includes money for future planning for new nursing home in Estevan

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. 

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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. 

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