Minister tours youth treatment centre in Grand Falls-Windsor

Facility to take accept first youth in June

Published on April 21, 2014
Standing (from left) are Val Elson, Regional Manager of Health and Addictions Services; Health Minister Susan Sullivan; and Central Health CEO Rosemarie Goodyear. The three were on a tour of the new youth treatment centre in Grand Falls-Windsor. Sullivan speaks with some of the staff who were involved in on-site training. — Photo by Andrea Gunn/TC Media

Susan Sullivan had a close-up look today at the new youth treatment centre set to open in Grand Falls-Windsor in June.

Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services, was in the central Newfoundland town today to tour the $12.5 million facility and to see first hand what it will offer youth seeking treatment.

Divided into three pods with four bedrooms each, the centre will be able to treat 12 youths at a time.

The facility is equipped with several observation and examination rooms, as well as bedrooms, kitchen areas, a gymnasium, workout room, art room, and classrooms.

There is also an apartment for families of young people seeking treatment that will help reintegrate them into home life.

It has taken almost five years to build the youth treatment centre from it conception.

Speaking to media after the tour, Sullivan said though she had seen the building’s plans and had a brief tour during the construction phases, today was the first time she had a detailed tour of the facility.

“Coming in today, this was a really exciting time for us, there’s no doubt what we’ve built here is state of the art and the real beneficiaries will be youth that are here and have opportunity to re-direct their lives as a result,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said while the building itself was something to marvel, the staff that will work closely with the youth are world class, bringing many years of experience to the program.

The youth treatment centre is expected to take its first residents in early June.