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Providing drug treatment

The Pacific Community Resources Society has been selected to provide the new provincial youth and young adult residential substance use treatment program reopening at The Crossing in Keremeos. 

The announcement, by the Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, follows a comprehensive request for proposals process for the new program.

“Selecting the service provider is an important step for this project, and we look forward to opening the doors of the new program to support vulnerable youth and young adults from across our province," said Minister of Health Terry Lake. 

The Crossing is owned by Central City Foundation and will foster a healing environment for youth and young adults on their path to overcoming substance use challenges, while PCRS has a reputation for providing care to youth and young adults in need of mental health and substance use treatment.

In May 2016, the Ministry of Health announced the reopening of the program at The Crossing.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the provincial 22-bed program will provide treatment for youth and young adults aged 17-24 years who are experiencing serious, chronic patterns of substance use and require specialized therapeutic care tailored to their unique needs.
 
On July 27, Premier Christy Clark announced a new joint task force on overdose prevention and response.

The actions being taken under the task force support the ongoing work to support and treat British Columbians with substance use issues, a key priority of government.

The province has committed to meet the goal of opening 500 new substance use treatment beds in 2017, and the Crossing will support that goal.



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