After more than a year of negotiations and collaborations, Central City Foundation and its partners have succeeded in working with the Province of BC to reopen a residential treatment program for youth and young adults challenged by addictions at the Crossing in Keremeos. The Crossing is a purpose-built facility owned by Central City Foundation and originally opened as a much-needed treatment centre in 2009. Central City Foundation has been working on getting it reopened since its closure last March.
“Central City Foundation, its donors and partners remain committed to children, youth and families in BC who are struggling with the challenges of addiction, and are very pleased that the Province has announced plans to reopen the Crossing,” says Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation. “We know there is an urgent need for this facility and its program, and are optimistic that families will have this treatment option available within a matter of months.”
The Minister of Health announced today that the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will reopen the program at the Crossing with $2.6 million in annual funding committed to the program by the Ministry. Central City Foundation, which owns the Crossing at Keremeos facility, will continue to offer the site and the infrastructure to PHSA rent-free for the program.
“The need for long-term residential treatment for youth in BC is still urgent, and research shows that the longer a young person stays in treatment, the greater the likelihood they will remain drug and alcohol free when they return to the community,” says Johnstone. “The Crossing at Keremeos was purpose-built, with tax dollars and philanthropic gifts from hundreds of British Columbians, for a long-term residential treatment centre for youth. Central City Foundation is delighted that The Crossing will once again serve this critical need.
“We are working with the Province now to identify an operator for the Crossing at Keremos, but if families need help immediately, they should visit thecrossingforbc.ca for links to organizations that can help,” said Johnstone.
About Central City Foundation:
Central City Foundation has been bringing neighbours together to build hope in the inner city since 1907. By building housing and other capital projects, investing in social enterprises that create jobs and opportunities as well as funding hundreds of non-profit organizations, Central City Foundation has provided help and hope to the most vulnerable people in our inner city community for 109 years.
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