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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Manitoba addiction treatment centre for teens seeks funding shortfall fix

SELKIRK, Man. - A meeting involving provincial government authorities will be held next week to discuss a funding crisis that's threatening the future of a Manitoba treatment centre for teens who are struggling to escape drug addiction.

Officials confirm that the 16-bed Selkirk Healing Centre, north of Winnipeg, will shut down Aug. 22.

They say the program - run by the Behavioural Health Foundation in Selkirk - has not been accepting new patients for weeks in anticipation of the closure.

The facility has been operating since 1995 and is one of the few in Manitoba to offer residential drug treatment on a long-term basis for males aged 12 to 17.

Jean Doucha, the foundation's executive director, says a key reason for the financial shortfall is that 11 beds reserved for patients diverted by Child and Family Services are often not filled.

Doucha says talks with the provincial government are ongoing and everyone is working hard to keep the centre open. (Winnipeg Free Press) -CP-

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