Executive Council
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
June 26, 2018

Provincial Government to Partner with Private Sector on New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility

A value-for-money assessment completed by EY has recommended the Provincial Government partner with the business community to procure a new 94-bed, adult mental health and addictions facility to replace the Waterford Hospital.

The report concluded that procuring the new facility with a design, build, finance and maintain approach would result in 12.3 per cent in cost savings over 30 years compared to the traditional design-build methods.

As a result, the Department of Transportation and Works is now seeking proposals for fairness, technical, and financial and procurement advisory services to prepare procurement documents for the new facility.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be issued in late 2018 to establish an industry short list to solicit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility. Following the evaluation of the submissions, a short list of teams will be identified to receive a Request for Proposals. The successful proponent will be selected in 2020 with construction of the new mental health and addictions facility scheduled to begin later that year.

In addition to the hospital, the project will include a parking garage with a minimum of 120 parking spaces to accommodate parking for patients and visitors of the new facility and the Health Sciences Centre and a new hostel to replace the Agnes Cowan Hostel.

The new facility will be built on the Health Sciences Centre campus and will be connected to the existing hospital with the hostel demolition and site preparation work expected to begin in summer 2019.

While the facility will be built and maintained by the private sector, health care will continue to be provided by public sector employees.

In The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government committed to transform the way mental health and addictions services are delivered. The province continues to support this vision through the implementation of Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

This initiative also delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“I am pleased that we have reached the next stage of procuring a new adult mental health and addictions facility. My government has a vision and a plan to transform our province’s mental health and addictions system and we will continue our work to strengthen existing programs and services and break down the barriers to timely access.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Partnering with the private sector on the long-term care facility in Corner Brook will result in savings of $14.6 million over the 30-year agreement. By using the same approach for the new mental health and addictions facility, we continue to be fiscally responsible as we provide new infrastructure.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“A new, state of the art, adult mental health and addictions facility will have a big impact on the lives of so many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The new facility will be home to a redesigned mental health and addictions program with in-patient services. Along with more community-based services, we are transforming the mental health and addictions system to help ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians get the right care in the right place at the right time.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Learn More

The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador - thewayforward.gov.nl.ca

Advancements in Health Care Infrastructure – www.tw.gov.nl.ca/publications/Health_Care_Advancements.pdf PDF Icon

New Adult Mental Health Facility Project – Value for Money Assessment – www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/NAMHF_VFMAssessment.pdf PDF Icon

Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/mentalhealth/pdf/mentalhealth_addictions_plan.pdf PDF Icon

The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments - www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/Infrastructureplan.pdf PDF Icon

Premier Ball Announces Plan for New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility and Expanded Community-Based Services – gov.nl.ca/releases/2018/exec/0329n01.aspx

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Health and Community Services
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2018 06 26                              3:30 p.m.