January 20th, 2021

Mayor responds to SCS closure by ARCHES

By Jensen, Randy on August 14, 2020.


Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman released a statement Thursday on the impending closure of the supervised consumption site by ARCHES at the end of August as well as the City’s limited involvement in the mobile SCS which will be located outside the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre.

“The health and wellness of our community is our continued priority. Decisions around changes to health services in Lethbridge are the responsibility of Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services,” said Spearman in a release from the City. “We understand there are concerns from businesses and from community members around the changes related to supervised consumption, needle pickup and outreach services in Lethbridge.

“Alberta Health has declared their commitment to move towards a treatment and recovery model of care for our community, which we believe will address many social issues in our city. The City of Lethbridge will support our provincial health partners so they can provide the best care possible to our residents.

“When we are aware of what the new services in our community will look like, that information will be shared with residents. In regards to the mobile SCS to be located outside the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre to be operated by Alberta Health Services, the City of Lethbridge has participated in the permitting process for electrical access to this unit as well as a parking permit.”

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