Rehab centre pays dividends

The provincial government is championing the success of a youth and young adult drug treatment centre that reopened one year ago near Keremeos.

More than 80 people aged 17 - 24 have received treatment at the 22-bed facility, Ashnola at the Crossing, just outside town.

“The overdose crisis has made it clear that we need to provide a full spectrum of connected treatment and recovery options for people with substance use challenges,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

“Ashnola at the Crossing has brought together local First Nations, Indigenous organizations and many other local organizations as partners to create a safe space for youth to focus on a pathway to hope and recovery.”

The program is overseen by various departments within the provincial government and operated by Pacific Community Resources Society. It began accepting clients May 22, 2017.

Central City Foundation, which built and owns the facility, provides the Crossing buildings and rural site rent-free.

“Ashnola at the Crossing provides highly-specialized, evidence-based treatment, education and support for youth who are at a critical stage in their life path,” said Lynn Pelletier, vice-president, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services. “It’s a unique setting with strong connections to the region and the local community where young people can get the support they need.”

The access the program, young people need to be referred through their regional health authority. Priority access is given to indigenous youth and youth from rural or remote communities.

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