PAGC Anxious About Youth Detox Centre Delay

Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 13:36



Officials with the Prince Albert Grand Council are expressing frustration with how long it is taking to finalize a location for a new 15-bed youth detox centre in the Prince Albert area.


Plans for the treatment facility were first announced last year as part of Premier Lorne Calvert’s Project Hope.


The facility would provide short-term 24-hour supervised care to youth aged 12-to-17 recovering from chemical dependency.


It would be for youth who voluntarily commit themselves to a personal stabilization and recovery program.


PAGC CEO Darrel Haysom says councillors from the RM of Buckland initially offered to have the facility built there.


However, the Prince Albert District Planning Commission has since recommended the project not go ahead in Buckland because of a zoning bylaw contravention.


Haysom says it’s no secret that several residents of the RM have taken a “not in my backyard approach”.


But Haysom insists the treatment facility project is not dead.