2011 Equality Report Card Excerpt: Addictions


→ There have been no reported significant enhancements to addiction services for women since 2009. The grading criteria for the Equality Report Card set the status quo at a D grade.

↗ Since the 2009 Equality Report Card, the Needle Exchange program in Charlottetown was relocated to a more appropriate location, in the Professional Boardwalk Centre, as recommended by the Advisory Council and others.

→ Advisory Council members emphasize that addictions issues are urgent: all of PEI society experiences the negative effects of addictions and mental health issues.

↘ As in 2009, the Advisory Council calls for physically accessible extended care facilities or recovery homes, for both women and men, and facilities in Summerside as well as Charlottetown. We call on government to better address the root causes of women’s addictions, to diversify treatment options (including moving beyond the AA or disease model), and to improve financial and social supports for women going through programs or attending treatment.

Enhanced services for women with addictions: D


This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.

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