Alberta is creating an additional 2,172 spaces for life-saving addiction treatment over the next three years.
Minister Luan was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Calgary-Foothills on April 16, 2019. He previously served as an MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood (2012-2015).
Married to his wife, Ms. Fengying Zhang for 34 years, Luan has two daughters. Graduating from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Social Work in 1990, he has dedicated his career to public service, promoting healthy families, strong communities and economic prosperity. He served in a variety of roles in provincial and municipal governments including as a child protection worker, a social planner, a manager and as a senior counsellor.
Luan has also managed funding for nonprofit social service agencies for over 20 years. He co-chaired the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary (2006-2012) and served on the Calgary Council on Mental Health and Addictions from 2017 to 2018. He is proud to have made a difference in many lives throughout his professional services and community volunteering, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for community services.
Jason Luan was appointed as the Associate Minister for Mental Health and Addictions on April 30, 2019. His extensive experience in working with those suffering from addiction makes him uniquely positioned to handle the key commitment to address the opioid epidemic in Alberta.
Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan issued the following statement on supports and services over the holidays.
The Alberta government is providing $8 million in new funding to increase psychosocial supports for people recovering from opioid addiction.
Government is supporting Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres to add space to treat 900 more people over three years as part of government’s expansion of addiction care.
Government is investing $22 million to deliver more mental health supports for post-secondary students.
A Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council has been created to help improve access to mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.
The Alberta government has ordered the Addiction
Recovery Network to cease operating in light of
concerns about patient safety.
Alberta will participate in the proposed class action,
filed in B.C., to recoup costs of opioids from opioid
manufacturers and distributors.
Associate Minister of Health and Addictions Jason Luan issued the following statement on World Mental Health Day.