Bet­ter chance for re­cov­ery

Health min­is­ter pro­vides up­date on Youth Re­cov­ery Cen­tre in Summerside

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY DAVE STEWART dstew­art@the­guardian.pe.ca

Fol­low­ing an $800,000 ren­o­va­tion, Summerside’s Youth Re­cov­ery Cen­tre of­fers mod­ern com­mon spa­ces, class­rooms and treat­ment ar­eas, all de­signed for young peo­ple.

Be­sides their freshly ren­o­vated digs, youth strug­gling with sub­stance abuse and men­tal health is­sues also have quicker ac­cess to help since the Youth Re­cov­ery Cen­tre opened April 1.

Health Min­is­ter Doug Cur­rie gave an up­date on the pro­ject dur­ing the last week of the leg­is­la­ture. He told the House ac­cess has been ex­panded in sev­eral ar­eas.

In­take is now done weekly as op­posed to ev­ery nine weeks.

“In­stead of a long lineup there is no wait time,’’ Cur­rie said, “and peo­ple can ac­cess ser­vices when they need them.’’

Cur­rie said there are 12 in­pa­tient beds, which is dou­ble the num­ber they had be­fore. In­pa­tient care is of­fered up to 18 weeks, as op­posed to eight weeks in the past. Com­mu­ni­ty­based af­ter care is avail­able for 24 weeks, up from 20 weeks.

Fam­ily pro­grams are now of­fered in Char­lot­te­town and Summerside, and the min­is­ter in­di­cates that fam­i­lies can re­ceive sup­port for as long as needed.

He also noted that an­nual fund­ing has been boosted from $1.1 mil­lion to $2.5 mil­lion.

Staffing now in­cludes men­tal health ther­a­pists, youth ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lors, youth work­ers, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, an aca­demic youth worker, a fam­ily coun­sel­lor and var­i­ous sup­port staff.

Cur­rie said one of the pri­or­i­ties is to make sure youth are sup­ported when they go back into the com­mu­nity.

For ex­am­ple, an aca­demic youth worker works with the youth and the school to sup­port ed­u­ca­tional needs while in treat­ment. Staff also work with em­ploy­ers to en­sure em­ploy­ment needs are part of the dis­charge plan­ning process.

“There is no quick fix for youth and fam­i­lies who are strug­gling with these tough is­sues,” Cur­rie said. But, he added, “Is­land youth now have a much bet­ter chance at re­cov­ery and a more pro­duc­tive life.’’

Cur­rie

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