Local Advocacy Group questions Romano


In its latest efforts to get mental health and addictions help in the Sault Ste. Marie, Citizens Helping Addicts and Alcoholics Get Treatment (CHAAT) is questioning MPP Ross Romano, again.

This time they are turning to a statement made by Romano after the W5 segment “Steeltown Down”.

Ross said to another news organization that the issue wasn’t being ignored in 2018.

In a series of CHAAT videos starting with Dr. Paul Hergott they accuse him of not bringing attention to the issue.

The province, since “Steeltown Down”, has provided funding for the Downtown Mental Health and Addictions bus launched earlier this year, and in early February, Ross announced the creation of an addictions action group.

CHAAT and other local advocacy agencies were left out of the Task Force.

CHAAT, since that point, has:

  • issued open letters;
  • asked for a facility near downtown and then wanted it at Derek Holder House;
  • started a video campaign asking Romano pointed questions.

“In this multi part series we ask Mr. Romano and the Provincial government what they are going to do for the thousand that are suffering in this community. We look at the failures to deliver on many recommendations made by studies and reports and the broken promises made to citizens of Sault Ste Marie,” say one of the posts made by the group.

However, they haven’t publically addressed Minister of Health MPP Christine Elliott, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Michael Tibollo or the Sault Area Hospital about their plans in this manner.

Sault Area Hospital has reported they currently have an application in front of the Ministry of Health for funding of some addictions related services in the community.

Stay with Saultonline as we bring you more information on the ongoing addiction and mental health crisis in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma.


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