A major mental health centre based outside of Winnipeg is closing.
The Behavioral Health Foundation, in Selkirk and St. Norbert, has been helping young men and women with addiction and mental help issues for about 45 years.
Jean Doucha , Executive Director of the Foundation says the beds at the Selkirk facility are just not being utilized, partially due to the location. “These kids from all over Manitoba. I think it’s difficult for social workers to place in our facility, because of the paperwork required. Also, the extra approvals that they need to bring kids in.”
Doucha adds that it can take up to three weeks to get approval to get kids to the centre. This time frame to find them again, as many are on the run or in the foster home system, and secure them, takes some time as well.
The Foundation reached out to the provincial government almost two years ago to say that changes in recent years were not working. They have been running a deficit for years, and referrals are down due to red tape with paperwork now needed.
Male youth attend the Selkirk facility, while young women are based at the program in St. Norbert. The Selkirk program closes June 25th, the St. Norbert one on June 3rd.
The adult and family program in St. Norbert and the Breezy Point program for women will stay open.