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Pacific Community Resources Society to provide new youth substance use program in Keremeos

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Vancouver – The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) are pleased to announce that Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) has been selected to provide the new provincial youth and young adult residential substance use treatment program re-opening at The Crossing in Keremeos.

The announcement follows a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the new program, which is supported by BCMHSUS, an agency of the PHSA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. PHSA and BCMHSUS will provide oversight for the program, which will be operated by PCRS.

The program is a true demonstration of the partnership in action. The facility, The Crossing, is owned by Central City Foundation and provided rent-free, and will foster a healing environment for youth and young adults on their path to overcoming substance use challenges.

PCRS has an excellent reputation for providing care to youth and young adults in need of mental health and substance use treatment. PCRS has 26 years experience providing clinical services for youth and young adults with substance use concerns through various outreach and in-house services. They have often been on the leading edge of evidence-based practice, and practice-based evidence, and were one of the first community-based agencies to endorse and strongly support harm reduction strategies. 

In May 2016, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the PHSA and BCMHSUS, announced the re-opening of the program at The Crossing in Keremeos. Scheduled to open in 2017, the provincial 22-bed program will provide treatment for youth and young adults, ages 17-24 years who are experiencing serious, chronic patterns of substance use who require specialized therapeutic care tailored to their unique needs.

The goal of the new program is to provide evidence-based treatment, education and support to:

  • reduce problematic substance use;
  • improve overall health and social well-being;
  • reduce the potential of criminal activity;
  • reduce the risk of death due to overdose and infections; and
  • successfully transition youth and young adults back to the community.
Over the next several months, PHSA and BCMHSUS will finalize definitive agreements with PCRS and Central City Foundation and will work to complete upgrades to the facility, and ensure it is ready to open its doors to young people across BC in 2017.

On July 27, 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced a new Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Response. The actions being taken under the task force support the ongoing work to support and treat British Columbians with substance use issues, a key priority of government. The province has committed to meet the goal of opening 500 new substance use treatment beds in 2017, and the Crossing at Keremeos facility will support that goal. In the past two years, the Province has opened more than 220 new beds as part of this commitment to ensure better access to appropriate substance use supports.


Terry Lake, Minister of Health –

“Selecting the service provider is an important step for this project, and we look forward to opening the doors of the new program to support vulnerable youth and young adults from across our province.”

Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen

“As we move towards the opening of the Crossing at Keremeos, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of healing and recovery for our young people. It’s time for youth to be empowered through the mental health and substance use services and network we can offer throughout the province.”

Dan Ashton, MLA for Penticton

“I was very proud of the community when the re-opening was announced and as we reach each stage towards opening, I think of the many youth and young adults who will soon benefit from substance use treatment.”

Lynn Pelletier, vice president, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services -

“After a comprehensive RFP process, we are pleased to welcome Pacific Community Resources Society as the successful service provider, and looking forward to our partnership supporting the health and recovery of youth and young adults with serious and complex substance use issues.”

Jennifer Johnstone, president and CEO, Central City Foundation -

“It’s exciting to move forward towards a reopening of the Crossing, the facility Central City Foundation custom built to be home to a long term residential treatment program for youth with addictions. We remain steadfast in our commitment to BC families to ensure this urgently needed service is available in our province, and are pleased to see an operator chosen with whom we’ve had a long and successful partnership, dating back to the earliest days of building this project.”

Ingrid Kastens, Executive Director, Pacific Community Resources Society -

“We look forward to working with Central City Foundation – one of BC’s oldest and most respected not-for-profits, and our long-time partners the BC Ministry of Health (PHSA/BCMHSUS) to deliver this much needed service on behalf of BC’s youth, young adults and families.  We are grateful for the enormous community support that exists for these services, and we are committed to delivering high quality, caring, leading-edge services on behalf of healthy communities, young people, and families across BC.”

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