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Manitoba Gives Families New Supports to Fight Youth Addiction

May 21, 2013

Community-based Approach Will Help Young People Address Addictions: Rondeau

The province is opening a new facility that will connect young people with the right help and support to address addiction issues, Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.

“We’re supporting families by bringing addictions treatment and stabilization services into a single facility,” said Rondeau.  “This facility will make a difference by connecting vulnerable young people with the right help and support they need to help turn their lives around.”

The new facility will be operated by Marymound Inc. and staffed 24 hours a day with qualified youth‑care workers, addictions specialists and nursing staff.  Eight beds will be devoted to voluntary or involuntary stabilization services, and two beds will be for youth being held under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.  It’s expected this facility will serve well over 300 youth a year, the minister said.

This new facility is community-based and will include beds previously housed by the Manitoba Youth Centre.  This centralization is in response to a recommendation made by the Manitoba Ombudsman. By bringing treatment and short-term stabilization together in one location, services will be better integrated and better able to support youth experiencing differing stages of addictions, said Rondeau.

“Marymound has been operating the Youth Addiction Stabilization Unit for more than six years and it’s been amazing and rewarding to see the number of young people who respond so positively to the support they receive,” said Ian Hughes, chief executive officer of Marymound.  “The expanded program will allow youth to get help voluntarily, which is a huge advantage and greatly increases the chance for success.”

The facility will open later this month.

Youth will benefit from the opportunity to make decisions while not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while also connecting youth to caregivers and other service providers, the minister said.

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