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Youth addict funding sought

It will take longer than expected for a long-term residential treatment facility for youth with drug or alcohol addictions to be up and running in Central Alberta.

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association has been developing the six-bed facility for over a year and was hoping to open the facility in December.

Programs manager Christine Stewart said she is still waiting to hear from service groups and companies interested in funding the project. She has also applied for government grants.

“The latest case scenario would be March, and if someone steps forward with some funds sooner than that then we’ll get started earlier,” Stewart explained.

McMan plans to run a three-to-six-month residential treatment facility within 30 minutes of Red Deer for youth age 12 to 18.

McMan raised $1,355 at a luncheon fundraiser in September and needs to raise $50,000 to $100,000 for a down payment on a building and property.

“There are a few acreages out there that would be just perfect for what we need with very little renovations required.”

McMan, a non-profit agency, runs the Protection of Children Abusing Drugs (PChAD) program in Red Deer.

It’s a 10-day, five-bed detox program for teens with counselling by Alberta Health Services.

PChAD allows a guardian or parents of a minor who is abusing alcohol or drugs to apply to provincial court for an apprehension and confinement order for detox.

The new residential program would not be a locked-down facility.

“We’ve got our policies and procedures together. We’ve got our training lined up ready to go. We’ve got staff semi in place. We just need a building.”

Donations can be dropped off at the McMan office in West Park at 219 3722 57th Ave.

McMan has a wish list that includes furniture, electronics, books, and more for the facility, and will also be raising money to subsidize residential treatment for families.

The cost of the service is estimated at $600 a day.

For more information, contact Stewart at 403-506-8961.



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