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Free Local Hero Support Program launches for first responders

November 20, 2019  By FFIC Staff

Nov. 20, 2019, Toronto – Ontario’s Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres is rolling out its Local Hero Support Program, which will provide up to 50 free residential treatment spaces each year to first responders who don’t have access to care. The 30-day program treats concurrent addiction and mental health disorders.

“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,” said Shane Saltzman, CEO of Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, in a press statement. “We are committed to assisting those in the first responder community, and we hope the Local Hero Support Program increases the dialogue on this important and urgent issue.”

The Trafalgar program includes three individual sessions per week with a master’s level therapist, access to a psychiatric consult and follow-up, PTSD specific care, three skills groups per day and combined family therapy. Family support programming and aftercare programs that provide clients with counselling and support after they leave the facility’s care are also available.

To apply for a Local Hero Support placement, first responders can visit


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