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In the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area, a dozen service providers are involved in the project, including Homewood Health Centre, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and Dunara Homes for Recovery.

Layer removed for those in need of help

By Jessica Lovell
Guelph Tribune
Whether a person needs counselling, crisis intervention, addiction services or housing support, there will soon be a one-stop shop to access these services in the local community.
It’s called Here 24/7, and as of April 1 it will be a single access point for all of these vital services and more.
“It’s a way to basically remove the biggest barrier to services that exists, which is people not knowing where to go,” said Andy Best, communications specialist with the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.
The project, which is headed up by the local CMHA, is an initiative mandated by the Local Health Integration Network with the goal of streamlining the intake for a system of agencies that provide services for people needing community-based addictions and mental health supports. It includes a phone number – 1-844-437-3247 or 1-844-HERE-247 – and a website – www.here247 – as well as walk-in access through CMHA offices, including the one on Delhi Street in Guelph.
As the name implies, the Here 24/7 staff will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get people the help they need.

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