Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 07, 2008 13:50 ET

Government of Canada Announces New Operational Stress Injury Clinic for Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today the establishment of a specialized clinic in Ottawa dedicated to the treatment and support of service men and women living with service-related operational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or addiction.

"The opening of this new clinic here in Ottawa is another milestone of our Government's strategy to increase the number of operational stress injury clinics in Canada," said Minister Thompson. "We have taken swift action to introduce new clinics, because our Government is committed to ensuring our Veterans, our Canadian Forces members and their families get the specialized services they need."

The new Ottawa clinic is a joint initiative funded by the Government of Canada and operated by the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. It is part of a national network of operational stress injury clinics. The Ottawa clinic will cost approximately $162,000 to establish and will have an annual operating budget of approximately $1.86 million. The clinic will have the capacity to treat between 100 and 150 clients a year.

Veterans Affairs Canada signed this agreement to operate an operational stress injury clinic in partnership with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

"It's an honour and a privilege to have this opportunity to serve the mental health needs of our Veterans," said George Weber, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. "These dedicated men and women have devoted their lives to our country and the world. They deserve the best care and we're tremendously excited to be able to deploy an outstanding clinical team working in a new world-class facility."

The Ottawa clinic will provide specialized mental health services to Veterans, Canadian Forces members and eligible RCMP members living with service-related operational stress injuries, and their families. In addition to standardized assessment, treatment, prevention and support services offered through the clinic, educational programs and individual, group, and family counselling services will be available to clients.

This clinic is part of the Joint Network for Operational Stress Injuries that Veterans Affairs Canada is developing with National Defence. Together, Veterans Affairs Canada's operational stress injury clinics and National Defence's operational trauma stress and support centres are a key element of mental health services for Canadian Forces members and Veterans.

In 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented the New Veterans Charter, a suite of programs designed to support and encourage successful transition to civilian life for releasing members of the Canadian Forces. An important part of the New Veterans Charter is the Mental Health Strategy which includes the clinic network, Ste. Anne's Hospital's National Centre for Operational Stress Injuries, peer support through the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program, and research in the field of mental health.

It is anticipated that the Ottawa clinic will be ready to open its doors to clients by December of 2008.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
    Peter Youell, Director
    Learning and Development and Telehealth Services
    and Acting-Director, Communications
    613-722-6521 ext. 6302