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New Investments in Mental Health and Addictions 2014

New and expanded mental health and addictions services for Island youth

We need to strengthen supports and services to youth with mental health and addictions problems so they will not end up in the justice system. This provides more options for how the courts deal with these issues." Environment, Labour and Justice Minister and Attorney General Janice Sherry


New investments of $9 million over three years will help to ensure that Island youth can access enhanced mental health and addictions treatment here in Prince Edward Island.
Mental Health and Addictions services comparison chart [PDF]

Youth Recovery Centre

The 12-bed PEI Youth Recovery Centre will open in the spring. The Strength program will be expanded and relocated to the new centre. It serves youth aged 15 to 24 who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Youth Recovery Centre
Youth Recovery Centre

The Youth Recovery Centre will have 12 inpatient beds with around-the-clock care, which is more than double the current bed capacity. The length of the residential care program will increase from eight weeks to up to 18 weeks. Community-based aftercare programs will increase from 20 to up to 24 weeks.

The PEI Youth Recovery Centre will be located at the Young Offenders Facility in Summerside which was built in the 1990s for 32 youth and has remained chronically underused. Planning is underway for an $800,000 renovation to the facility. Annual operational costs are expected to be $1.1 million.

Youth Mental Health Unit

A dedicated mental health unit will offer up to 12 beds for children and youth with mental health conditions, up from the current four beds now located in the QEH psychiatric unit.

By doubling youth addiction beds and tripling youth mental health beds - we will provide quicker access to more care for more youth." Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie


The new unit will offer enhanced access to specialized services and therapy, as well as day treatment and coordinated transition back to the community. Additional positions will be created such as a child psychologist, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, patient care coordinator, youth worker, social worker, academic youth worker, occupational therapist, residential care worker and other support staff.

Following a $750,000 renovation, annual operational costs are expected to be $1.4 million.

Behavioural Support Team

This team of mental health professionals will work collaboratively to provide goal-focused therapy to youth and families to address moderate to severe disruptive behaviors that can be associated with a range of mental health conditions. The team will include a team leader with a background in child psychology, child and youth mental health therapists, a youth worker and psychiatry resources.

The team will also work closely with staff from other government sectors who serve children and youth. Treatment may involve psychological testing, a range of assessments, diagnosis, medication interventions, individual and family therapy. Non-mental health services will continue to provide voluntary or mandated care, with advice, support, and direction from the team.

View the supporting documents and fact sheets:

Creation of a Chief Mental Health and Addictions Officer

Expanded Access to Frontline Addictions Services

Investing in Longer Term Residential Treatment - 10 Bed Transition Unit

Support a Youth Addictions Aftercare Pilot Program

Expanding Methadone Treatment Access

Expanded Access to Suboxone

Initiating Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act Monitoring and Reporting Framework

Formulary Education Review with Practitioners


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