BC young people can access long-term residential treatment for addictions again as Keremeos facility reopens

Long term residential treatment for youth with addictions at The Crossing in Keremeos, which was closed in March 2015, is now available again, thanks to the work of Central City Foundation, its donors and partners. Now called Ashnola at the Crossing, the facility took in its first residents in March 2017.

Ashnola at the Crossing is a provincial, 22-bed program for youth and young adults, 17-24 years old, in need of intensive treatment for substance use disorders and who may also have mental health challenges. The program is provided at The Crossing, the facility purpose-built by Central City Foundation and its donors in Keremeos, BC.

“After all the hard work by our donors, our supporters and our partners to reopen The Crossing, it is a relief to see that BC youth once again have access to the critically needed service of long term residential treatment for addictions,” said Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation, which is providing The Crossing facility rent-free to the Province for the program. “Our continued commitment to children, youth and families in BC who are struggling with the challenges of addiction has led to this success. We know this program will save lives.”

The Crossing originally opened in 2009, and over 400 youth passed through the facility and received much-needed care and support from the program before it was closed in March 2015. Many of those young people have successfully recovered their health, reclaimed their lives and reconnected with their families.

“The support of Central City Foundation donors and partners in helping us build The Crossing in Keremeos enabled us to provide a home for BC’s long-term residential treatment centre for youth challenged by addiction for over six years,” added Johnstone. “Since The Crossing was closed some two years ago, we have been working hard to find a solution to reopen this critically needed service. We are pleased to have been able to keep the facility available so we can now keep our promise to BC families to bring back long term residential treatment for youth.”

The newly opened Ashnola at the Crossing is operated by Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), a long-time community partner of Central City Foundation. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) fund the program, and Central City Foundation continues to work with all these groups to ensure the program’s success.

For details on referring youth to the program, visit http://www.pcrs.ca/our-services/ashnola-at-the-crossing/. For details on The Crossing, visit www.thecrossingforbc.ca.

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 our neighbours in the inner city community for 109 years.