Executive Council
Health and Community Services
Transportation and Works
April 11, 2019

Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility Procurement Moves to Request for Proposals Stage

The Provincial Government has identified three teams of businesses that will now compete to design, build, finance and maintain the new adult mental health and addictions facility in St. John’s.

After further consultation with psychiatrists, the number of beds for the facility have increased from 94 to 102. It will be constructed as an extension of the Health Sciences Centre, and also include a parking garage with a minimum of 500 additional parking spaces.

Atlantic Healthcare Group, Avalon Healthcare Partnership, and NL Healthcare Partnership will submit proposals in early 2020 that include the design of the facility, construction schedules and costs to construct and maintain it. Each team consists of internationally-recognized and local companies. Team details can be found in the backgrounder below.

The successful proponent will be announced later in 2020, with construction anticipated to start in the months following. Site work will begin later this year.

All three teams responded to a Request for Qualifications, which was issued in November 2018. They were evaluated based on team lead, design-builder, service provider and financial capacity. A Request for Proposals will be issued to the three teams this spring.

A value-for-money assessment completed by EY in 2018 recommended the Provincial Government partner with the business community to procure the new facility. The report concluded that this approach would result in cost savings of 12.3 per cent over 30 years compared to the traditional procurement methods.

The new adult mental health and addictions facility delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to 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.

“Through the Way Forward and our work on Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, we are committed to improving mental health and addictions services by improving access, creating awareness and ending stigma. I am pleased to see procurement advance to the next stage. I look forward to the opening of a new facility that will benefit Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“This project recognizes our need to provide healthcare infrastructure in a way that is fiscally responsible. Projects like this one and construction on long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor and new schools in Gander, Paradise, Bay Roberts and St. Alban’s, are contributing to economic growth throughout our province.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“Health care facilities and services in our province are being upgraded and positively changed to meet the needs of our population. A modern mental health and addictions facility is long overdue. We are also on track to transition inmate health care services from the Department of Justice and Public Safety to Health and Community Services.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities Services

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Learn more
The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador

Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador PDF icon

Procurement Begins on New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility

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

Premier Ball Announces Plan for New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility and Expanded Community-Based Services

Details regarding the teams responding to the Request for Qualifications PDF icon

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2019 04 11                              3:00 p.m.