Saskatchewan youth requiring addiction treatment beds will soon have access to new resources. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is following up on a provincial budget commitment to enhance addiction treatment capacity for residents across the province. It has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide six new youth residential addiction treatment beds in southern Saskatchewan.
This resource will provide youth in southern Saskatchewan, aged 12 to 18, who have severe and persistent substance misuse issues with access to residential addiction treatment nearer to their home community. A multi-disciplinary team will be engaged to assist youth in reducing their substance use with evidence-based services designed specifically for youth. The services will be provided in a culturally appropriate, non-discriminatory and sensitive manner. The RFP is open to current partners of the SHA, private sector providers and community-based organizations across Saskatchewan.
“There is currently a need for residential substance misuse treatment in southern Saskatchewan specifically tailored to youth, enabling those living in this area of the province the opportunity to receive treatment closer to their home communities,” said Colleen Quinlan, Executive Director of Mental Health and Addictions Services, Integrated Urban Health, for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “While these services will be located in southern Saskatchewan, any youth residing in the province will have access to them.”
“These new residential treatment beds will be an important resource for young people experiencing addictions challenges,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “Having these supports available give youth better access to the treatment and care they need to recover and live healthy lives.”
The province is strengthening the continuum of youth substance use disorder services in Saskatchewan. This will result in better support for youth with substance use disorder issues.
Enhanced services for youth are recommended in Saskatchewan’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan. There are currently 39 youth addiction treatment beds in Saskatchewan.