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Ashnola at The Crossing (Youth)

Ashnola at the Crossing, located in Keremeos, British Columbia, is a specialized addictions treatment program for youth and young adults (17 to 24) across the province. To receive treatment, you need a referral from a health care professional.
DocumentsAshnola at The Crossing is a Provincial Tier 4 program that supports youth and young adults ages 17-24, all genders, who are in need of residential programming for substance use concerns. The program is delivered by the Pacific Community Resources Society in partnership with BCMHSUS.  It is located in Keremeos at The Crossing, a facility provided rent-free by the Central City Foundation. The location is a healing environment for youth and young adults on their path to recovery. 

Ashnola at The Crossing is a client-centred program with an average length of stay from 3-6 months based on individualized client goals and treatment plans. The program is able to support youth and young adults with concurrent disorders.

Ashnola offers:

  • Assessment
  • Stabilization
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Family programs
  • Indigenous programming support
  • Alternative Therapies, including land-based therapies

  • Team
    The Ashnola program offers a full continuum of residential treatment including educational supports. 

    The interdisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, nurse practitioner, counsellors, social worker, recreation worker, Indigenous Elders, youth workers, teachers and family therapists.

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    What to expect from this substance addiction treatment program

    Your treatment at Ashnola includes the following:

    • Group, individual and family therapy
    • Therapeutic recreational activities such as hiking and archery
    • Life-skills training
    • High school completion options
    • Support as you prepare to return to your home community
    The care team at Ashnola includes counsellors, recreation workers, Indigenous Elders, youth workers, teachers and family therapists. Physicians and psychiatrists are available for consultation via telehealth. 

    Ashnola’s approach to treating substance use addiction is based on research evidence. Staff members will be sensitive to various backgrounds, including Indigenous cultures. All care is trauma-informed, which means staff will keep in mind any trauma in your background and work to ensure you feel safe and supported.  

    The treatment program has several levels based on your goals. Most people will finish treatment within three to six months.

    If you are accepted into the program, you will go through withdrawal management and detox before beginning your treatment. It’s important to understand that Ashnola does not provide a stabilization program. It is also not designed for people who need other kinds of medical treatment in a hospital setting.

    Is this youth addictions treatment program right for you?

    Ashnola at the Crossing, the only program of its kind in British Columbia, is a specialized substance addiction treatment program for youth and young adults across the province. It’s meant for youth whose primary concern is substance addiction, who have experienced several relapses, and whose treatment needs for substance use or addiction are beyond what their local community health resources or health authority can offer.  While mental health supports will be provided, Ashnola is not designed for mental health diagnosis. Treatment is voluntary. 

    To receive treatment at Ashnola, you need a referral from a health care professional.

    Our program partners 

    BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services provides leadership, expertise, and oversight to a number of specialized provincial programs that are delivered by carefully selected contractors. We have partnered with the Pacific Community Resources Society to deliver Ashnola at the Crossing. The facility is provided by the Central City Foundation. 
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