June 18, 2013 - 1:52 PM
After running out of money the Crossroads Treatment Centre - Kelowna's only comprehensive addiction treatment centre - announced last January it would be closing its doors to patients at the end of June.
Not until August will those services be available again for those seeking in-house addiction treatment.
Interior Health announced today it has awarded a new contract to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society for an in-house detox facility. Where Crossroads had a total of 46 beds, the new facility will offer 20 for intensive treatment and another 10 beds for individuals in the community seeking a withdrawal environment.
The beds will be split between two separate facilities in Rutland and the10 withdrawal beds should be open sooner, in mid-July,
Community Integration Lead for Mental Health & Substance Use, Randy Murray, says they're aware there will be a gap in services.
“We know there will be a short period of time from when Crossroads Treatment Centre closes its doors at the end of June to when The Bridge is able to begin offering withdrawal management service,” Murray said in press statement.
“Interior Health will ensure that clients requiring urgent community-based withdrawal management services during that time will be prioritized to receive it at The Phoenix Centre in Kamloops,” Murray said.
The Bridge is a non-profit organization delivering youth and family programs in the Okanagan since 1969.
The closure of the Crossroads Treatment Centre sparked controversy earlier this year when Interior Health announced it could not provide the funds necessary to get the centre out of debt.
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