Lambton County Council's decision this week to earmark $250,000 toward the establishment of a local detox facility is likely to happen if a decision to proceed with another $550,000 in funding from the Erie St. Clair Health Integration Network is approved by the LHIN board.
The LHIN board is expected to act on the recommendation at a May 27 meeting.
Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley calls the recommendation to the LHIN board a "huge breakthrough."
Bradley, who is among those who met with officials from the LHIN earlier this week, said having the facility, which would likely have between seven and 10 beds, is among the city's top priorities when it comes to health issues.
The community has been trying to establish such a facility for the last decade," noted Bradley, who commended his fellow county councillors and Warden Steve Arnold for creating the financial incentive that he feels will encourage a positive LHIN decision to move forward.
"Addiction is a huge issue in the community and a detox/withdrawal management facility will make a huge difference in giving addicts a chance to withdraw and enter long term treatment," Bradley said.
Bradley, who has long been a proponent of a detox facility, said the next step is determining a list of possible locations.