June 18th, 2019

// First of its Kind, Private Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Centre in Western Canada Opens on Vancouver Island

First of its Kind, Private Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Centre in Western Canada Opens on Vancouver Island

First private stand-alone inpatient mental health services in Western Canada

VICTORIA, June 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Today marks the grand opening of Homewood Ravensview, the first and only private facility in Western Canada offering evidence-based, medically-led, inpatient, mental health, trauma and addiction services. With over 135 years of experience as Canada's leader in the delivery of national mental health and addiction services, Homewood Health's new facility located in North Saanich, just outside Victoria, BC, offers 75 beds and employs a world-class team of 50 professionals, including four on-site physicians and psychiatrists as well as 24-hour nursing. With its specialized programs for first responders, military, veterans, executives & professionals, adults, and young adults, Ravensview addresses an ever-growing need for services.

"Ravensview's best-in-class treatment is delivered by a team of world class health care professionals and is steeped in Homewood's 136 year history in delivering mental health and addiction services to Canadians," says Jagoda Pike, Homewood Health's President and CEO. "We've built programs that support people who are deeply impacted by mental illness and addiction in achieving their goals, whether it's returning to work, to function, or to productive and happy lives." Pike goes on to say, "in addition to working directly with individual patients, Homewood has worked for decades with Canadian employers and insurers to help them access good quality treatment resources to support a timely return to work for their employees and claimants."

Each year, over 400,000 Canadians are off work due to mental illness. These cases are often more complex and typically have durations that are longer than physical health-related claims, resulting in significant human and economic costs impacting all Canadians. These cases carry the additional impact of adding weight to an already over-burdened public health system. Canadian employees suffering from mental health, trauma, addiction and concurrent disorders remain off work for extended periods of time, waiting for access to assessment and treatment, with their conditions often worsening over time. 

"Delivering innovative, evidence-based treatment, our programs are truly unique in Canada," says Robert De Clark, General Manager at Homewood Ravensview. "Our Guardians program for first responders, members of the military and Veterans is designed specifically for the challenges these real life heroes face. We have our Cornerstone program for adults and the My Path program for young adults wrestling with mental health or addiction problems.  We're also proud to launch the Vanguard program, the first of its kind in Canada, that meets the specific treatment needs of executives and professionals." 

In developing Ravensview programs, Homewood Health sought the input of researchers, clinicians, employers and insurers. "The diversity and quality of the treatment we provide will help a large number of clients get well and move forward with their lives," says De Clark. "By providing Canada's employers and insurers with additional, innovative options for care, we multiply the impact of treatment, benefiting not just the employee and their family, but the organization and ultimately the country as a whole."

Ravensview is also Western Canada's leading facility in the treatment of concurrent mental health and addiction disorders. "Those with substance use problems are up to three times more likely to have a mental illness," says Dr. Michael Berry, Ravensview's Clinical Director. "These concurrent conditions are complex and require experienced, medically-led treatment. No other facility in Western Canada is equipped with the staffing complement and clinical expertise to treat a primary diagnosis of mental health with a secondary diagnosis of addiction."

For all Ravensview programs, the full treatment plan includes psychiatric care, medical care, counselling and integrated therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and cognitive processing therapy as well as music, horticultural and art therapy. The average length of inpatient treatment is typically 6 to 9 weeks, and one year of recovery management care at Homewood outpatient clinics across the country is included for all clients.  

Ravensview accepts referrals from employers, insurers, medical and healthcare professionals, but a referral is not necessary for treatment and clients are typically able to start treatment within 24 hours of their first call.  

Visit Ravensview.com for more information.

Homewood Ravensview's grand opening ceremony is taking place on June 18 at 1 p.m. The event will be attended by, and will feature remarks from: the Right Honourable David Johnston; the Honourable Bob Rae; Pauquachin Chief Rebecca David; Shelagh Rogers, Chancellor-University of Victoria; the Honourable Adam Olsen; and Jagoda Pike, President and CEO of Homewood Health.  All media welcome. Ravensview is a 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria located at 1515 McTavish Rd North Saanich, BC V8L 5T3. 

About Homewood Health
Homewood Health is Canada's leader in the delivery of national mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood's complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. 

SOURCE Homewood Health Inc.


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