Youth addictions treatment added in Swift Current

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Regina– Just prior to the fall provincial election, new addictions treatment beds opened in Estevan. Now, Swift Current is the next site for additional addictions treatment.

On Feb. 22, the Government of Saskatchewan announced an agreement between the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (SWYES) and Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) for additional youth addictions treatment services in Southern Saskatchewan.

The agreement will provide both inpatient and outpatient services for youth who are experiencing problematic substance use across the province, with the services to be based in Swift Current. This program is a result of an $800,000 commitment in the 2019-20 provincial budget, noted a government press release.

“More and more youth are struggling with mental health and addictions, so it is especially important that we continue to expand services to better meet their needs,” Mental Health and Addictions Minister Everett Hindley, MLA for Swift Current, said. “I’m pleased that SWYES is working in partnership with the SHA to provide much-needed addictions treatment supports to youth in Swift Current, southwest Saskatchewan and across our province.”

The program will be run out of Dorie's House, a facility that was constructed in 2016. The program in Swift Current includes six residential inpatient treatment spaces, a further four to six outpatient spaces for residents of Swift Current and area and clinical services and educational programming provided by the SHA.

“We are excited to partner with SWYES on this unique approach to youth treatment,” SHA Mental Health and Addictions South West Director Michael Seiferling said. “The hybrid model of care, which provides both residential and outpatient care, allows us to offer a wider range of supports to a broader range of youth.”

“Our multifaceted approach to recreational wellness and housing not only complements existing supports within the province, but also boosts our provincial capacity to serve the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens: our youth,” SWYES President Shauna Hanna said. “I am confident that this partnership will lead to the creation of a centre of excellence unique to our region - one that will do a whole lot of good for a great many families. We are simply thrilled to begin delivering on this promise.”

Public health will continue to be consulted on any COVID-19 restrictions that could affect the available bed capacity of Dorie's House in the immediate future.

Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury