Our Heroes Program provides 30-day intensive residential treatment for First Responders suffering from addiction and mental health issues at no cost. Up to 50 First Responders will be able to benefit from this program over the next 12 months.
Supporting Our Heroes
First Responders are our heroes when we face emergencies. What we might encounter once in a lifetime is their daily work.
They address crises several times a day, day after day, putting their lives at risk in helping us, the public. However, they are human too. With years of responding to crises and traumatic events, they often incur physical injuries and life-threatening addictions with mental health issues.
First Responders Have Difficulties
Accessing The Help They Need
Why access to care is difficult?
The fear of not being fit for duty is overbearing and crushing for most of the First Responder community.
Burden of Proof
They are unable to prove that they suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or OSI (Occupational Stress Injury), a criteria for receiving funded access to care.
Long Waiting Lists
There is also a significant waiting time for provincially funded beds from 6 months to a year, which deepens the addiction and mental health issues.
Most programs in Canada are not equipped or designed to deal with Concurrent Disorders* or specifically complex trauma.
*Our evidence-based treatment ensures that we address underlying mental health issues alongside addiction, treating them as concurrent disorders.
Making Care More Accessible
For First Responders
Trafalgar is committed to providing First Responders with access to evidence-based treatment.
Treating up to 4 First Responders a month. (Each month over the next year)
30-Day Intensive Residential Treatment at no cost.
Comprehensive Addiction & Mental Health Treatment with Aftercare
“First Responders are there when we need them, facing situations that are unimaginable to most of us. These heroes put their lives and emotional wellbeing on the line for our collective benefit, and far too many are suffering without support. At Trafalgar, we are committed to assisting those in the First Responder community, and we hope the Local Heroes Support Program provides help to some and increases the dialogue on this important and urgent issue.”Shane SaltzmanCEO of Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres
“"I'm a retired 30 year Frontline Service Veteran who served the people of Ontario as a Paramedic. I was one of the highest trained, educated, and certified paramedics Canada has to offer. I was a Critical Flight Paramedic who worked on board the helicopter based out of London, Ontario. With the level of training I had it was my duty and responsibility to take care of the worst trauma patients, and the most complicated medical patients of all ages. During my career I have responded to approximately 10,000 calls. That equates to being exposed to a major traumatic event every other day for 3 decades. In 2015, I was diagnosed with complex PTSD that required almost 18 months of psychotherapy treatment. I have experienced STD/LTD, and WSIB support, and from that experience and exposure I'm very aware of the HOLES in the support network and how our First Responders and Military Personnel are being left behind. This community is “screaming in silence” for easier access and support to treatment centres for the early detection, and on going support for Mental Health Stress related injuries."”Bryan StevensRetired Frontline Service Veteran and Founder Frontline Forward
“"Initially reaching out for help was challenging, due to the stigma that is held by many officers about the need to keep feelings bottled up. Navigating the system to find a program to help me has been challenging. I met a psychiatrist after seeking help for alcohol withdrawal, this proved to be a great support. Eventually I was directed to a treatment centre that had a waitlist up to 6 months and when that facility was contacted, they stated that they lost my file, which resulted in me waiting longer. I attended two 12 step-based facilities. I found it did not help me and the issues I was looking to address. PTSD groups were large groups that created an uncomfortable environment for me and I was unable to share my pain in safe way. I have known 9 officers who have ended their lives and I am hoping that this scary trend will stop. There is a need to have quicker access and smaller groups that address the needs of First Responders."”Steven D.First Responder
“"Usually, when a First Responder is reaching out for help, it is most often at a time when they are already in a very dark place. It is usually at a time when they realize they can no longer cope without help. Access into a treatment program and access to psychologists in a timely fashion is imperative for successful recovery and continued resilience in their overall mental health and well-being. Admission processes, wait lists for publicly funded beds, and even WSIB case reviews can take considerable time, and can sometimes be too late when a First Responder is in crisis."”Staff Sergeant Wendy SimsOrganizational Wellness UnitPeel Regional Police
Application & Admission Process
To receive a secure electronic application form
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Eligibility Criteria will be based on:
- Must meet Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres’s regular Eligibility Criteria.
- Must have an addiction component.
- Date of first service.
- Years in service.
- Date of retirement (Pre Bill163 Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act – Transition Date)
- Date of specific traumatic event (severity and degree of emergency) if applicable.
- Readiness to accept care.
- Steps taken to obtain care.
- Level of support the First Responder currently benefit from.
Shane Saltzman, CEO of Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, was a guest on The Weekend Morning Show with Dave Trafford on Sunday, November 24.
They discussed the mental health issues that many First Responders face, and what Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres aims to accomplish with Local Heroes Support Program.
You may listen to the show below:
The Interview on FM 98.5 CKWR
Scott Jones, our Community Liaison and Kinga Marchment, our Clinical Director joined Bryan Stevens, President / Founder of Frontline Forward to discuss Trafalgar’s Local Heroes Support Program on Frontline Forward Radio (FM 98.5 CKWR) on Sunday, December 8.
You may listen to the show below:
You may read the press release here:
Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres is an experienced and accredited provider of Addiction and Mental Health treatment in Canada. We have an intensive individualized approach focusing on Concurrent disorders. We have a trauma-informed clinic and a proven model to treat First Responders for addiction and mental health issues