Coast Mountains School District 82 will receive additional mental health and addictions support in the form of an integrated child and youth team. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Integrated child and youth team coming to Coast Mountains School District 82

Province said the team will fill gaps in care, but will take a year to set up

New mental health and addictions supports are coming to Coast Mountains School District 82, but likely won’t be in place for at least a year.

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is establishing an integrated child and youth team in the district, which it said will fill gaps in the current system of care.

“For too long, young people and their families have had to knock on one door after another to access the mental health and substance use services they need,” said Judy Darcy, minister of mental health and addictions in a media release.

“These integrated child and youth teams will ensure help is available when and where it’s needed, so that children and youth are able to not just survive — but thrive.”

The team will provide services for children in Terrace, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart and the Hazeltons. It will be made up of a variety of experts like elders and Indigenous support workers, school counsellors, mental health clinicians and youth substance use workers. The team works in an interconnected way so that children and youth are able to receive support from any member, and children can receive resources tailored to their specific situation.

The ministry also announced teams in the Richmond and Okanagan—Similkameen school districts. That puts the total number of integrated child and youth teams in the province at five.

Teams were announced for Maple Ridge—Pitt Meadows and the Comox Valley last year, but those have yet to be established. The ministry said that the Coast Mountains team likely will not be active for a year, or possibly longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: B.C. dads file suit against province over back-to-school COVID plan


@BenBogstie
ben.bogstie@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

What is the future of transportation in Terrace?

Active transportation, transit, road networks to play a big part in the coming years

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

Terrace firefighters heading south to help battle wildfires in Oregon

Over 200 B.C. firefighting personnel will assist in the U.S.

Cullen announces bid for provincial NDP nomination for Stikine riding

Current MLA Donaldson not seeking re-election

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm with comedy sweep

Toronto-raised Daniel Levy and Ottawa-born Annie Murphy both got supporting actor nods

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

B.C. unveils new cannabis sales programs to help small, Indigenous growers

Government did not say how it will define small producers, but says nurseries will be included in the policy

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Most Read