May 04, 2016 - 12:42 PM
KEREMEOS - A residential treatment facility for addicted youth is being resurrected in the Similkameen.
The Crossing, located six kilometres west of Keremeos on Highway 3, will reopen as a residential treatment facility for youth and young adults challenged by addictions, Central City Foundation announced today, May 4.
The Crossing is a former youth residential treatment facility run by Portage. It closed in January 2015, after six years of operation, when Portage and the province couldn’t come to terms on licensing issues.
Central City media spokesperson Carla Shore says Central City and its partners have been in negotiations with the province for more than a year to reopen the facility.
The Provincial Health Services Authority and the B.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Services, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will reopen the program at The Crossing, providing $2.6 million in annual funding, the Minister of Health also announced today.
Central City Foundation, owners of The Crossing, will continue to offer the site and infrastructure to the health services authority rent-free for the program.
Central City is now working with the province to find an operator for the facility, Central City president and CEO Jennifer Johnstone says.
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