Addiction, mental health specialist at Family and Children’s Services

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A dedicated addiction and mental health worker will be hired to work alongside Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

The worker, provided by Addiction and Mental Health Services–KFLA, will assist Family and Children’s Services staff specifically on addiction and mental health-related matters.

The announcement comes after the Ontario Trillium Foundation granted a Resilient Communities Fund worth $86,100 towards the partnership between the two agencies.

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“Many families have been stressed by the difficulties imposed by pandemic restrictions. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is helping FACSFLA support them, families which are the foundation of our social fabric,” Kingston and the Islands MPP Ted Hsu said.

The program is an answer to the swollen demand for addiction and mental health support brought on by pandemic-age isolation, Family and Children’s Services states in a news release. Schools and workplaces were shuttered for much of 2020, 2021 and early 2022 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Family and Children’s Services aims to intervene early, providing at-home services to accommodate busy families and to reduce the effects of stigma around seeking support for addiction and mental health.

The program will also connect clients with the network of support agencies to which FACSFLA and AMHS-KFLA belong, Sonia Gentile, executive director of Family and Children’s Services, said.

The two agencies hope the partnership can keep supporting children and families beyond pandemic times. The organizations are looking for ways to continue funding the collaboration after the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant expires.

“Our partnership of community-based care is one we hope to see continue long into the future,” Gentile said.

Those interested in the services provided by FACSFLA and AMHS-KFLA can visit or

FACSFLA can be reached by phone at 613- 545-3227 and AMHS-KFLA at 613-544-1356.

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