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Date Posted
October 19, 2020

(Owen Sound, Oct. 19, 2020) – A new community services hub for Grey and Bruce Counties is now open to provide community members with improved access to mental health and addictions services, housing supports and system navigation.

Housing, Outreach & Wellness Grey-Bruce (H.O.W. Grey-Bruce), a partnership initiative between Grey Bruce Health Services, Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services, Grey County and Bruce County, is now open in downtown Owen Sound. Based at 854 2nd Ave. East, it will operate Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The central, downtown location will provide a more co-ordinated response to mental health and addictions needs, homelessness and other immediate needs from a social determinants of health perspective, while increasing partnerships among human service providers throughout Owen Sound and across Grey Bruce.

This collaboration will enhance community partners’ ability to work together and connect individuals to appropriate services, improving quality of care in a responsive and recovery-oriented manner.

“I believe this collaboration will improve both the access and co-ordination of services,” said CMHA Grey Bruce CEO Clark MacFarlane. “This will contribute to better outcomes for those we serve.”

Key services include a mental health clinic operated by Grey Bruce Health Services, as well as outreach services by CMHA Grey Bruce that will provide direct support to people living with mental health and addictions who are living in precarious housing.

H.O.W. Grey-Bruce also offers new support and access services for people experiencing homelessness, including a housing system navigator that will work with individuals throughout Grey and Bruce experiencing chronic homelessness to link them with community supports and affordable housing. 

H.O.W. Grey-Bruce is taking all precautions to ensure the health and safety of the individuals it supports during COVID-19. Masks are required inside the building and individuals are asked to adhere to physical distancing protocols.

H.O.W. Grey-Bruce has been made possible through funding from Grey County and Bruce County, along with assistance from Grey Bruce Health Services and CMHA Grey Bruce.


Fast facts:


  • People with a mental illness are twice as likely to have a substance use problem compared to the general population. At least 20 per cent of people with a mental illness have a co-occurring substance use problem. For people with schizophrenia, the number may be as high as 50 per cent.
  • Similarly, people with substance use problems are up to three times more likely to have a mental illness. More than 15 per cent of people with a substance use problem have a co-occurring mental illness.
  • The cost to house a person in the community with mental health supports is $72 per day, compared to $460 per day to house a person in jail or $485 per day in hospital.


About Grey Bruce Health Services
Grey Bruce Health Services operates six hospitals in the Grey Bruce region. We have 1,600 dedicated and compassionate staff and over 150 physicians. Owen Sound Regional Hospital is the largest of our sites, and offers a full range of specialty services. Our rural hospitals in Lion’s Head, Markdale, Meaford, Southampton and Wiarton offer a wide range of primary and ambulatory care services and all have 24-7 emergency departments. Together we have about 100,000 patient visits per year. Learn more at www.gbhs.on.ca.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Branch
At the CMHA Grey Bruce we cultivate hope, resilience and community for those who live with, and are impacted by, mental illness and/or/addiction. We want to create an inclusive community inspiring hope, choice and well-being for all. We are driven by our values of compassion, dignity, inclusivity, integrity and choice.
For more information, visit www.cmhagb.org.
About Grey County
The County of Grey is a family of distinctive communities which values its heritage, natural beauty, clean, healthy environment and rural lifestyle. As the fourth-largest county in Ontario, Grey County is home to more than 96,000 residents across nine municipalities. Employing approximately 900 people, the County of Grey is dedicated to managed, sustainable growth while also offering agricultural and rural simplicity and big-city activities.
About Bruce County
Bruce County is an upper-tier municipality in southwestern Ontario made up of eight lower-tier municipalities and 68,423 residents. The explorers who visit, live and work here are the dreamers who take roads less travelled and see tried and true as an invitation to try something new. Be an explorer and call Bruce County home.

Partners in the HOW project


To arrange an interview, contact:

Abby Drimmie,
Fundraising, Media Relations & Special Events Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce
T: 519-371-3642 ext. 187
Nicole Schmidt
Communications Coordinator
Grey Bruce Health Services
T: 519-376-2121 ext. 2805
E: nischmidt@gbhs.on.ca
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