Addictions Counselling and Support Services Now Available
Addictions Counselling and Support now available at the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre (WBCHC)
If you are struggling with problematic substance use or care about someone who is, confidential addictions counselling services are now available at the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre – Beachburg Site, through a new partnership with Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services.
Brenda Powers-Ross, Director of Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre is pleased to welcome Addictions Counsellor, Sandra Anderson of Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services to the community. Sandra is certified as an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (I.C.A.D.C.) through the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation. At WBCHC, Sandra will see people 16 years of age and older who are struggling with substance use as well as family members. She is also part of the MotherSafe Program and will see pregnant/parenting women who have substance related issues including those using opioids or who are part of a Methadone/Suboxone Maintenance Program.
Services are provided free of charge and are open to any resident of Renfrew County. You do not need to be a client of the WBCHC in order to access this service. You also do not need to have a referral to make an appointment.
To book an appointment, simply call the WBCHC main line at (613) 582-3685. For information about services provided by Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, please call 1-888-241-1135.
LRHCS Annual Report
I would like to express my deep appreciation and thanks to my fellow members of the Board
of Directors, the community members who sit on our board committees, Executive Director
John Jordan, all the staff and volunteers of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services,
and our numerous community partners, whose hard work and dedication has contributed to
LRHCS’ successful accreditation review through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA).
This is no small feat.
The third-party review provided by the CCA is based on accepted organizational practices that
promote on-going quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.
Because of the scope and scale of LRHCS, the CCA required evidence on 327 indicators
pertaining to Governance, Stewardship, Risk and Safety, Organization Planning and
Performance, Programs and Services, Community, Learning Environment, Human Resources,
Volunteers, Systems and Structures, Community-Based Approach, Quality Programs and
Services, and Service Safety. In this, our sixth consecutive and successful accreditation
review, the Review Team found LRHCS to be “...a healthy, effective organization that is
delivering needed programs and services to its clients and community.”
The word-image displayed on the cover captures the Review Team’s impression and
assessment of LRHCS — and affirms that our work is aligned with our Beliefs, Vision and
Mission in supporting people from our rural communities in achieving and maintaining their
best possible health and well-being. Along with much else, the Review Team was impressed
with LRHCS’ ability to accomplish all of the above across such a large rural territory—
spanning the Counties of Renfrew, Lanark and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.
Although we have much work to do to ensure all members of our community—especially
those who are most vulnerable—have access to the programs and services they need to
support their best possible health and well-being, for this moment in time, let’s celebrate and
commend each and everyone who contributed to the successes of the past year. This annual
report showcases a few examples of the work the CCA was impressed with. Tomorrow, we
can roll up our sleeves and begin afresh to further improve the health and well-being for all
members in our community.
LRHCS Annual Report
On May 24, 2017, 55 Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services Staff, Board and Community Members came together at Calabogie Peaks Resort to celebrate some of the successes we have realized as our current 5-year strategic plan comes to a close, and to lay the groundwork for setting our priorities for the coming years.
This gathering provided a tangible and powerful reminder of the great things that can be accomplished when a group of thoughtful, dedicated, skilled and determined people are aligned behind a common vision, mission and set of beliefs.
Every Part of this integrated Organization - Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre – plays a vital role in supporting individuals and communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties, to achieve and maintain their best possible health and social well-being.
It has been my honour to serve on the Board of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services for the past 6 years, most recently as Board Chair, and to be part of the evolution of this great organization.
Keep in mind as you read the stories in this Annual Report, that they serve as a starting point for the challenges we have faced and the successes we have enjoyed these past 5 years, but only provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS. As always, the work keeps on coming, and I have deep faith that the staff, volunteers and new members of the Board will have their own share of successes if we remain united in our purpose.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place
Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is a fully accredited non-profit, community governed organization whose purpose is to support the people and communities we serve in achieving and maintaining their best possible health and social well-being.
This year we are pleased to announce that Brenda Kennett will honour us with a presentation on “Archaeological Glimpses into the Indigenous Settlement of Lanark-Renfrew”. Brenda’s talk will examine some of the archaeological sites in Lanark and Renfrew Counties that provide insights into the 10,000 years of Indigenous settlement in the region. Brenda is a local citizen and archaeologist who provides cultural resource management services for clients including federal, provincial and municipal governments, developers and private individuals.
Primary Care Services Return to Cobden
In celebration of Community Health and Well-Being Week, we are pleased to announce that the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre – a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services, is re-introducing some primary care services to the Cobden site – effective immediately. John Jordan, Executive Director of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services celebrates this milestone. “Since 2010, Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services has been actively working towards re-establishing primary care services in Cobden. This has been a long time coming, and something we know will be well-received by the community. It has taken us many steps to get here – we have completed extensive renovations to the existing building, increased our communications infrastructure between the Beachburg and Cobden sites, and increased the number and variety of health-focused programs available at the Cobden site. The re-establishment of some primary care services in Cobden is another way for us to improve access to the community.”
Marion Graves, Director of Health Services at the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre is excited about this development. “Utilizing the resources of one Nurse Practitioner and one Registered Nurse, we will be making appointments with clients through our main reception desk located in Beachburg. Clients who are registered with Nurse Practitioner Tricia MacKay will have the opportunity to attend appointments every Monday in Cobden if preferred. Registered Nurse Margaret Cliché will offer wellness visits from the Cobden site as well as delivering programs such as chronic disease management, weight management and smoking cessation. Urgent care services will not be delivered at the Cobden site, but clients may continue to access this service at the Beachburg location”.
The Cobden site will continue to offer all of the programs and services that have been established over the past few years, including the fitness and low mobility exercise classes, social work programs, lab services and the services of the respiratory therapist. Dr. Steven Olsen will continue to provide chiropractic services at this site as he has since 2015. Other community partners, such as Shirley Hill (foot care), Heidi Hader (massage therapy) and Patrick and Diane O’Kane-McHugh (yoga), will continue offering services from the Cobden site.
Further expansion of primary care services requires financial support from the Champlain LHIN. Addressing the need for additional primary care services remains a priority for Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services. We will continue submitting funding applications, conducting data analysis and participating in advocacy efforts in order to increase primary care and health promotion programs and services in the community. As part of our commitment to accessibility in health care, we know that the community will welcome and support these efforts.
For more information about our programs and services, please contact Marion Graves, Director of Health Services at Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre at 613-582-3685.
2015 - 2016 Annual Report
We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our 2015-2016 Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the integration of Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre. Together we play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages, from communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties, live better lives. We do this by helping people in our rural communities have healthy babies and raise healthy children; learn how to navigate the system to access services they are entitled to (and be accessible when they want and need our support); get connected and supported when they are struggling with developmental disabilities or mental health issues; have ready access to primary and allied health care providers close to home; learn how to manage chronic or complex health and medical conditions (i.e. anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and speech and language difficulties); participate in group programs that help them learn new skills or refine existing skills to improve their own health and well-being; meet new and supportive friends, and get involved more actively in community life.
This past year, we have been especially busy responding to changes in provincial health and social service policies. These changes are intended to be transformational – to reduce health inequities, to address systemic barriers, to achieve better health outcomes, to safe-guard public funds, and to ensure a more seamless people-centred system for planning and delivering primary care, home care, community services and mental health and addictions services. The role of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is to champion this change with our local, regional and provincial partners – and in so doing, we are actively involved in monitoring, participating, and advocating that the unique circumstances and needs of rural citizens and rural communities are addressed.
The implementation of provincial policy has already resulted in changes to funding models and accountability requirements by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the re-design of mental health and addictions services as prescribed by the Southeast LHIN, the continuation and development of Health Links, and the integration of Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) into the LHINs as part of the “Patient’s First” doctrine. The concept of rural Health Hubs and LHIN Sub-Regions will most likely result in additional changes in the near future.
As you read the stories in our Annual Report, you’ll see many examples of how LRHCS is already a champion for the health and well-being of rural residents and rural communities. We do it through the engagement and training of peer supporters with lived- experience of mental health challenges, the wildly popular and volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors, the intensive and skilled supports provided to children with speech and language or developmental delays and their parents, the lifechanging encouragement and information provided to people newly diagnosed with diabetes, or the adoption of an evidence-based memory clinic for our ageing population. Our staff, board and volunteers have been putting people first since we first opened our doors.
This coming year, we anticipate that we will be facing more changes and challenges as provincial policies and programs continue to develop. We also know we are able to rely on the same determined effort and ingenuity that our staff, board, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders have demonstrated in the past. We extend sincere thanks to all who believe in and contribute to our vision of a community that is healthy and just and supportive of all. We could not do it without you!
2014 - 2015 Annual Report
We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the on-going integration of Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre. Together, we play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages – from communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties – live better lives. We do this by helping people in our rural communities have healthy babies and raise healthy children; learn how to navigate the system to access services they are entitled to (and be accessible when they want and need our support); get connected and supported when they are struggling with developmental disabilities or mental health issues; have ready access to primary health care and allied health care providers close to home; learn how to manage chronic or complex health and medical conditions (i.e. anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and speech and language difficulties); participate in group programs that help them learn new skills or refine existing skills to improve their own health and well-being; meet new and supportive friends; and get involved more actively in community life.
This past year has been one of change both within our organization and within the health and social services sector. With new staff, new programs, new partners, new accountability requirements, new legislation, and new technologies, and without much new funding, we have stayed true to our mission: “Together we support people and communities in achieving and maintaining their best possible health and social well-being.”
Increasingly, we find ourselves needing to explain, define, and sometimes defend to funders and decision-makers the unique needs, challenges and opportunities presented in providing health and social services in our predominantly rural communities. Across the organization our advocacy efforts are being directed at ensuring rural residents receive appropriate and timely access to the help and services needed to achieve healthy outcomes.
We know we cannot do this alone. This past year we have made significant commitments of time and talent to a number of different partnerships in order to strengthen our impact. Lanark Community Programs has been actively involved in the Lanark Leeds Grenville Planning Table tasked with the “transformation” of services under “Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy”. The LLG Planning Table members work alongside representatives from each of four Ministries (Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, and Community and Social Services) to develop a coordinated and seamless service planning and delivery model for families and children in our region with multiple or complex special needs. Our Board Members and staff from both Community Health Centres are deeply committed to Health Links - an evolving partnership designed to transform the delivery of local health care services to best meet the needs of those vulnerable people with the most complex health conditions in our community. Health Links have the potential to transform the way health care is delivered resulting in better health care outcomes and a more efficient and effective use of health care resources. Already there are many examples of how Health Links, through the development of Coordinated Care Plans, have improved patient experiences, reduced hospitalizations, and improved health outcomes.
The stories in this report are just a starting point of the many successes we have had this past year. Aligned with our seven strategic priorities of excellence, poverty, mental health and addictions, integration, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships, these profiles provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS.
In this coming year, we will be facing more challenges to meet the needs of individuals and our rural communities. We know we can rely on the same dedication, ingenuity and determined effort that have been applied in the past by our staff, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders. We extend sincere thanks to all who believe in and contribute to our vision of a community that is healthy and just and supportive of all. We could not do it without you!
Annual General Meeting and Grand Re-Opening
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm—AGM
Light refreshments will be served
The mission of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is:
Together we support people and communities in achieving and maintaining
their best possible health and social well-being.
And our vision is:
A community that is healthy and just and supportive of all.
The Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre—Cobden Site, a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is having an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Cobden site. This renovation provides space to better serve the health and wellness needs in our community.
2013 - 14 Annual Report
We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our Annual Report. The stories in this report are just a starting point of the many successes we have had this past year. Aligned with our seven strategic priorities of excellence, poverty, mental health and addictions, integration, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships, these profiles provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS.