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Youth substance-use treatment facility opening in Chilliwack

Youth substance-use treatment facility opening in ChilliwackYoung people in the Fraser Valley struggling with addiction will soon have access to a new substance-use treatment centre created exclusively for them.Traverse, a 20-bed facility for youth aged 13-18, is expected to open as soon as next week, according to the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.Each resident will receive team-based care tailored to their needs — including comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for up to six months.The team-based care includes clinical counsellors, addiction workers, nurses and recreation leads that will help connect patients to nature and promote physical activity."The majority of youth in B.C. live in the Fraser Health region, which is why the opening of Traverse is an important addition to the continuum of services we can provide youth who are struggling with substance use," said Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO of Fraser Health in a statement.Fraser Health will provide ongoing operational funding for the site, which was purchased and built with financing from BC Housing.Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), an organization with 35 years of experience providing accredited social services in B.C., has been contracted by the Fraser Health Authority to operate Traverse.Located at 45456 Yale Rd., Chilliwack, the site was designed with feedback from youth who have struggled with substance use and their parents, according to the ministry.Brody Van Velze, 21, who experienced substance use from age 14 but has been sober for more than four years, said in a statement that Traverse is the exact type of place that youth struggling with substance abuse need to support their recovery."When the team was building Traverse, I was able to talk to them about what was important to me in my recovery and how I think these factors could help others," said Van Velze."Getting outside for activities and building a sense of unity and connection with others helps make recovery more fun."Culturally safe programmingThe ministry said culturally safe programming for Indigenous youth at Traverse has also been developed through consultation with local Indigenous leaders, youth and communities in order to best incorporate cultural experiences and learnings.Traverse's Elder and Indigenous partners will be involved in day-to-day programming through group and one-on-one meetings, weekly cultural groups and arranging for other Indigenous Elders to visit."This new facility is going to change the lives of youth who are struggling with substance use challenges," said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in a media release.In June, the ministry also announced that eight new Foundry centres are being developed in the province that will give young people and their families faster and easier access to mental-health and substance-use services.Foundry is an integrated health and wellness service for people aged 12-24.The eight new Foundry centres will be operated by the following agencies: * Burns Lake: Carrier Sekani Family Services. * Comox Valley: John Howard Society of North Island. * Cranbrook: Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child and Family Service Society. * Langley: Encompass Support Services Society. * Squamish: Sea to Sky Community Services Society. * Surrey: Pacific Community Resources Society. * Port Hardy: North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society. * Williams Lake: Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre AssociationAccording to a government spokesperson, it takes one to two years to open a Foundry centre.


Epidemiologist says new Sask. COVID-19 maps a good step, but further details may still be needed

Epidemiologist says new Sask. COVID-19 maps a good step, but further details may still be neededIt's the right time to release more detail about COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, according to a professor at the University of Saskatchewan department of community health and epidemiology.Saskatchewan launched a new COVID-19 map with more detailed regional information about where positive cases are this week. The main map is broken into 13 regions, then a second map goes into more detail with 32 sub-regions. The previous map had only six main regions. Dr. Cory Neudorf said it is good to get more detail on cases, but it depends on the map's purpose. Neudorf said it is a good tool for communicating general information about where new cases are, where hospitalizations are and how many active cases are in a region."The best picture that it gives right away is this context that shows that really it spread throughout the province," Neudorf said. "It, I guess, assures people that we need to be taking precautions all over still."The province said its online health and wellness dashboard is being updated over the next few weeks to incorporate the new region boundaries. Neudorf said if there are local outbreaks then it may be necessary to give more details within those 32 regions if it's in the public interest. "I think the need for more detailed information will be very context specific as to whether we see localized outbreaks happening," he said. Neudorf said there have been some efforts to warn the public — such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority advisories — but there has also been an increase in community transmission. The province says that of the 1,376 cases in the province as of August 5, 205 are travelers, 703 are community contacts, 358 have no known exposures and 110 are under investigation by local public health officials. The more detailed map could help justify stepping back the reopening plan in a specific region if necessary, Neudorf said. As well, if there is a second wave, where the cases are is important, he said. "This little bit more nuanced picture is better," Neudorf said. "This isn't something you can ignore just because it's vaguely represented as being in the southern half of the province or or in the northern half or something. We can clearly see from the map that there are cases scattered throughout."


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