Saskatoon Health Region to Cut Down Youth Addictions Counselors by Two
Due to shortage of finance, a youth addictions counselors of Saskatoon Mental Health and Youth Addictions Centre would soon be cut off. The idea of cutting down one of the youth addictions counselors has been proposed by the Saskatoon Health Region.
However, the idea has attracted criticism from all walks of life. While criticizing the idea, the President of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, Karen Wasylenko, said, “I question what that's going to do to that individual and it's going to be hard on them. It's going to be hard on the families having to wait”.
It has been highlighted that at present youth are made to wait to get an appointment with counselors. If the number of counselors is reduced to two, then they would be required to wait longer. However, an officer Tracy Muggli is in disagrees with the notion of people that the youth would be made to wait longer. Tracy Muggli openly said that there is no waiting list, and people can get an appointment with the counselors whenever they wish to have.
However, the Health Sciences Association has said that they have received phone calls from the concerned groups complaining that their younger teens are made to wait to get an appointment with the counselors.
It has been warned by the association that after reducing the number of counselors the waiting time of youth would almost double. Karen Wasylenko has asked the reasons to Saskatoon Health Region as to why they cannot afford to have three counselors. Karen Wasylenko has also pointed out that the operating budget of the Region has increased by $54 million. The questions raised by Karen Wasylenko have not yet been answered by the Saskatoon Health Region.
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