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Westbank First Nation receives $100K through Community Action Initiative

Westbank First Nation has received $100,000 from B.C.'s Community Action Initiative.

The program will adapt existing modules on concurrent disorders, cultural competency and trauma-informed cared to improve service delivery by mental health and substance use clinicians working with aboriginal populations in the Kelowna region.

New grants totalling $1.3 million have been awarded to 13 groups across B.C. to help community workers better serve the needs of children, adults and families experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health or substance use challenges.

The Community Action Initiative was established through a $10 million grant from the province in June 2008. To date, 145 grants totalling $5.4 million have been delivered to 61 communities.

"This funding going to the Westbank First Nation will give new tools to aid local mental health and substance use clinicians," said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

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