Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 24, 2008 10:22 ET

Government of Canada Announces Additional Funding for Deer Lodge Centre Operational Stress Injury Clinic

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today more than $500,000 in additional annual funding for the Winnipeg Deer Lodge Centre Operational Stress Injury Clinic. This increases the clinic's budget to more than $1.18 million for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. As well, an additional $525,000 in funding was announced to expand and upgrade the clinic so that more clients can be helped.

"The Government of Canada is committed to those Canadians who have served this country, which is why we are investing further in the Deer Lodge Clinic. These additional funds will ensure local quality services can be provided," said Minister Thompson. "Our government has been building our network of operational stress injury clinics across the country since 2006, to better serve these important Canadians living with mental health conditions, and their families."

Michael Kaan, Manager of the Deer Lodge Centre Operational Stress Injury Clinic was on hand for the announcement. "The additional funding is excellent news for members and Veterans of the Canadian Forces in Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Saskatchewan, and their families," said Mr. Kaan. "We are delighted with the Government of Canada's continued commitment to this program. The additional funds will allow us to increase our physical size, expand our clinical staffing resources and adopt critical new technologies that will enhance both the quality and the timeliness of services to those who defend Canada and to their families."

The clinic, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and managed by Deer Lodge Centre, provides specialized services to members and Veterans of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who suffer from operational stress injuries resulting from their service. The clinic, which opened its doors in 2004, offers standardized assessment, treatment, prevention and support to Canadian Forces and RCMP members and Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, or addiction.

It is part of an integrated network of clinics with National Defence's Operational Trauma Stress and Support Centres-a key part of mental health services for Canadian Forces members and Veterans.

Educational programs as well as individual, group, and family counselling are also available. In 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented a suite of programs and services through the New Veterans Charter to better address the needs of today's Veterans, including those with operational stress injuries.

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
    Heidi Graham
    Director of Media Relations
    204-926-7178