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Ten new youth addiction treatment beds coming to Kamloops

Ten new youth substance use treatment beds are coming to Kamloops this spring.

The contract was awarded to A New Tomorrow Treatment Solutions and it will offer a short-term “live in” environment to address the “underlying causes of a person’s substance use,” according to an Interior Health press release.

The new program is a partnership between Active Care Youth and Adult Services and Dr. Mandy Manak, a Kamloops-based addictions treatment specialist.

Active Care has been providing services to youth and children in B.C. for nearly 30 years, Interior Health said.

“These home-like treatment environments will make a significant impact in the lives of youth who need a higher level of support. With this investment, we are well-positioned to make a tremendous difference for families and young people throughout the Interior region who need intensive substance use treatment,” Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health said in a statement.

A total of 20 youth treatment beds are coming to the Interior Health region, with the recent announcement of ten heading to Kelowna’s The Bridge. It’s all part of a provincial Pathway to Hope ten-year strategy to tackle the province’s ongoing need for mental health and addictions services.

As part of the strategy, the Interior Health region will host 20 of the 123 total new treatment beds to be added across the province, doubling the amount of youth treatment beds available.

A Pathway to Hope also includes Interior Health’s new Integrated Treatment Teams, expanded Opioid Antagonist Treatment and improved access to mental health services with the 310-MHSU phone number.

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