The purpose of this site is to provide information to youth, parents, caregivers and service providers about how they can get help for a substance abuse problem.The information here describes those programs funded through Manitoba Healthy Living and Seniors, other provincial government departments, or through a Regional Health Authority.
Youth affected by alcohol and other drug abuse or gambling experience a variety of problems. Manitoba offers a continuum of services that support youth and families in the process of overcoming addictions.
Information regarding a wide variety of topics related to alcohol and drugs are available through various sources. Resources have been developed for specific ages and genders as well as specific settings such as educational settings and health care settings.
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION SERVICES
The goal of prevention services is to address the underlying factors within the individual and family that place them at risk for substance abuse and to engage youth before substance use becomes a serious problem. Often this involves education and public awareness as well as other outreach/drop in services that target youth at risk using a youth-focused approach.
Prevention services are often provided by youth counsellors in community schools. Other services can be found at:
COMMUNITY BASED TREATMENT PROGRAMS
These programs provide services and support for families and individuals concerned about their own, or others’ use of alcohol or other drugs and/or gambling problems. Qualified addiction counsellors provide a range of services including assessments, individual and group counselling, education, and support. Individuals can attend these programs and carry on with their day to day activities, such as working, going to school and caring for the family.
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMS
These programs offer services similar to those of community based programs but on a more structured and intensive basis, with the individual living at the facility for a period of time.
Post-treatment support is put into place for youth transitioning from residential treatment back to their home communities. The goal of post-treatment support is to establish and implement a long-term plan that supports the individual’s recovery in his/her home community.
For some youth with substance use problems, recovery begins in a stabilization facility. Staff at these facilities provides a safe environment where the individual is able to undergo the process of alcohol and other drug withdrawal and stabilization.
Effective November 1, 2006 a designated facility(ies) will provide stabilization services for youth who are apprehended under the new Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act. The primary goal of the facility will be to support the youth as they rid themselves of the effects of alcohol and/or other drugs and develop a treatment plan in collaboration with the youth.
Youth Office – Winnipeg Community & School Based Programs
200 Osborne Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 1V4
Outside of Winnipeg:
Check AFM’s list of provincial offices to find the office closest to you.
Programs are designed to help youth look at their alcohol/drug/gambling involvement to see if it is affecting their life in a negative way. Youth will have the opportunity to meet counsellors who understand youth issues and the potential effects of alcohol, drugs or gambling on young people's lives. If youth decide that your use/gambling is causing problems for you your counsellor can provide support and assistance in making positive changes. Youth services also provide counselling and support to young people who are concerned about someone else's alcohol/drug/gambling involvement.
AFM School Based Services
AFM counselors provide counselling at various high schools and middle schools in Manitoba. Providing AFM counselling services in schools reduces barriers to referral and treatment for students and allows for early intervention. Students do not have to travel to receive services. The AFM provides on site counselling services in a number of Manitoba schools.
This may involve a number of individual or group sessions or a combination of both. The purpose of the assessment is to gather information that will help the counsellor and the young person set goals and make an action plan based on the young person's needs. This part of programming also involves education on alcohol, drugs and gambling. Counselling services may also involve several individual, group or family sessions or a combination of both. The counselling programs will vary across the province. AFM counsellors can make referrals to other services within AFM or external services as needed in order to help clients meet their goals.
AFM - Compass Residential Youth Programs
175 Nomad Street
Southport, Manitoba R0H 1N1
The Compass Residential Youth Program is an eight-week program for adolescents 13-17 years old who are experiencing significant problems with their use of alcohol or drugs. A comfortable residential setting, Compass offers young people a full range of programming often not available to them in their home communities, and a group of caring staff who recognize the strengths young people have and their potential to succeed. The facility is located in Southport, four kilometers south of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
For more information, please visit AFM’s website at afm.mb.ca/programs-and-services/for-youth/compass-residential-youth-program/
Through education, counselling and therapy services, AFM offers families and friends of those who are dealing with issues related to alcohol, drugs or gambling with opportunities to improve the quality of their lives, explore the effects addictions is having on them, and make personal changes and healthy choices for their own lives.
Parents Intervention Program
This program is designed for parents and caregivers who are concerned about their child's use of alcohol and other drugs or gambling. Through the Parents Intervention Program, participants will be provided with:
Parents can be one of the most important influences in their child's life. The guidelines offered to parents through this program will assist them in supporting their child, while helping to establish a more manageable living environment. To find out more about this program contact your local AFM office.
The youth programs are residential addiction and co-occuring mental health treatment programs that operate on the therapeutic community model with a recommended stay of 4 to 6 months.
Recognizing that addictions are symptomatic of cognitive, emotional, and societal problems, the programs provide a safe, structured environment with a holistic treatment emphasis. The program is distinctive to the individual's needs but communal in setting to allow for peer influence. Treatment focuses on helping youth identify and deal with reasons which may have led to their addiction(s) in order to enable them to live an addiction free lifestyle.
Addictions counselling and education; Group, family and individual counselling; Aboriginal traditions and ceremonies; Criminal Justice/Family court Services; Psychological assessments, therapy and referrals; Work activities/Employment readiness training; Special Education classrooms; Daycare for dependent children
Substance Abuse Awareness; Family Violence Education; Anger Management Training; Parent Effectiveness Training; Assertiveness Training; Life Skills; Sex Education; Coping with Grief and Loss; Dealing with Abuse; Bullying
870 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P1
Klinic Crisis Line (24 hours) 1-888-322-3019
Klinic is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1971 to provide comprehensive health & community services in partnership with the community members of the City of Winnipeg and other care providers. Klinic community health centre provides services to transient, homeless and art risk children, youth and adults.
870 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3
Teen Klinic Walk-in Mondays 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Teen Klinic is a time set aside to provide services specifically to youth. There are counsellors, nurse practitioners and physicians available to meet whatever needs youth bring.
Youth are requested to arrive early as after 7 pm services may not be able to be provided. (May be closed long weekends)
Teen Talk is a Youth Health Education Service based out of Klinic Community Health Centre. Services are provided from a youth-friendly perspective to youth in school, youth at risk and service providers.
Workshops for youth
Skilled Youth Health Educators develop and deliver interactive workshops to youth aged 14-19 in high schools, custody, care or treatment facilities, and alternative schools. Workshop for Youth are available on topic areas such as alcohol and drugs, reproductive and sexual health, mental health, dating violence, body image, communication skills, and diversity. All workshops are available throughout Manitoba. City workshops are available Tuesday through Friday (Friday AM only). For more information please contact the coordinator at 204-784-4010.
Teen Talk, a program based out of Klinic Community Health Centre, offers a 38-hour training program for youth. This program is designed to provide young people with accurate, non-judgmental information, and to assist them in their efforts to share that information with their peers.
The Dream Catchers Project provides support and mentorship for at risk youth who have been affected by such challenges as childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and addictions. Dream Catchers is an innovative program that helps women with the transition from the sex trade maintain sobriety, leave abusive relationships and establish meaningful, healthy relationships and employment.
Mailing Address: 104 Roslyn Rd.
Winnipeg MB R3L 0G6
Fax number 204-774-2912
Program locations: 104 Roslyn Rd; Andrews Street Family Centre (Girls Outreach); Wolseley Family Place (Parenting Group)
Provides service for adult women and female youth ages 16-24, who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence.
The Laurel Centre provides individual and group therapy to women, on an out-patient basis, who have experienced childhood or adolescent victimization and who have been affected by addictions. Women are provided with information about abuse, are supported in understanding the ways in which their present lives are affected by their past, and to identify their own strengths and see the ways they have survived. The therapy is chosen from a variety of methodologies and is tailored to the individual.
Mailing address: NACM - Pritchard House
160 Salter Street
Winnipeg MB R2W 4K1
Mailing address: NACM - Outreach
Brandon MB R7A 6Z4
NACM provides community based education, prevention and treatment services to First Nations and Métis individuals, families and communities. Youth services provide assessment, counselling and referral services for First Nations youth who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, chemicals and/or gambling. NACM also operates summer camps. Intake counselling and outreach programs are delivered in Brandon and Dauphin, Manitoba. The residential program grants youth admission under certain situations.
175 Mayfair Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3L 0A1
The Kisewatisiwin Program
Macdonald Youth Services Northern Office
102-83 Churchill Drive
Thompson, MB R8N 0L6
Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) provides children and their families with a range of treatment and support services. MYS is a child-centered, family-focused treatment agency, committed to a systemic approach in the delivery of programs and services.
MYS offers a continuum of community-based care and support services throughout Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Thompson, in the following areas:
Administration office: 120 Tecumseh Street
Winnipeg MB R3E 2A9
Services are provided for youth with mental health and addictions problems and their families from brief interventions to intensive long term treatment. Treatment is provided from a variety of perspectives and is delivered in partnership with parents and collateral agencies. Follow-up, monitoring and transfer to other services are essential components of service provision.
Youth Addictions Centralized Intake Service
The youth addictions centralized intake service is a provincial service through the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Center that is designed to provide a link for youth, their families and allied youth professionals to appropriate youth addiction services across the province. Addiction clinicians are available to provide support, information and assistance in accessing a variety of addiction programming including youth treatment and stabilization services. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30 pm.
442 Scotia Street
Winnipeg MB R2V 1X4
Marymound is a private, non-profit agency, providing a range of therapeutic and educational services to young people and their families. As one of 600 agencies worldwide sponsored by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Marymound believes in the dignity of all individuals, providing services which address developmental and spiritual needs.
Outline of Programs and Services
Young people and their families access this program through referral by their child welfare authority.
Youth Emergency Education Service (YEES)
This unique service responds on an immediate basis following a student's crisis in the public school system with the goal of stabilizing the student and maintaining his/her school placement.
Education Advisors work closely with families and community schools to develop an education plan to give students in crisis the best chance for success. Students access this program through their local community school, or by calling the Manitoba Youth Crisis Stabilization System at 204-949-4777.
Crisis Stabilization Program
A six bed unit for girls designed to assist them and their families during acute psycho-social crisis. The goal of this program is to stabilize the crisis situation and prevent young people from moving into other care arrangements. Young people and their families can access this program through the Manitoba Youth Crisis Stabilization System at 204-949-4777.
Located in Thompson Manitoba, Marymound North provides receiving home services to children awaiting permanent care arrangements. As well, it is a part of a community partnership called Futures offering education, counseling and training to young parents and their children. Young people and their families access Marymound North through referral by their child welfare authority.
Free Store/Satellite Location
195 Young Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 3S8
125 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B5
Outreach Phone: 204-391-2209
Resource Assistance for Youth is a not for profit, charitable organization with the mandate “to give youth what they need, on their terms, to better their lives”. Proactive resource and provider of school based prevention workshops, intervention, outreach and support services such as referrals, housing assistance, food and clothing bank, and advocacy.
The agency has several specialized workers in the areas of problematic substance use and mental health issues. RaY also provides access to an onsite public health nurse.
Services and Departments
Resources Assistance for Youth (RaY) strives to provide youth with what they need, on their term, to better their lives.
Referral – RaY successfully connects youth to the programs and services they require to improve their quality of life. RaY has an established network of like-minded and varied service providers that work together to assist youth at risk.
1) Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
226 St. Mary’s Road
Winnipeg MB R2H 1J3
Toll free 1-888-383-2776
The Youth Emergency Crisis Stabilization System is an intersectoral, interagency service sponsored by Manitoba Family Services, Manitoba Health and Manitoba Education and Training. The purpose of this project is:
Access to services available through the Youth Emergency Crisis
Stabilization System is through the 24 hour intake system.
Intake and Triage
Central-Intake and Triage is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Crises are referred to the Mobile Crisis Teams; non-crises are referred to the appropriate service. All services are accessed through 204-949-4777.
The Mobile Crisis Team
The Mobile Crisis Team is a crisis response team, responsible for delivering services to children, adolescents, families and care-givers, when crisis services are required. The teams will stabilize crises, provide on-site services and develop treatment strategies for ongoing intervention.
The Crisis Stabilization Units
The Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) are located at Marymound, for girls and at Project Neecheewam, for boys. The boys unit is operated by Project Neecheewam, and the girls by Marymound Inc. The Mobile Crisis Team accesses the CSUs when children are found to be in extreme distress and require one to three days to return to pre-crisis functioning.
Clinical Follow-up Facilitators will assist children, families and their support systems and access the services they need in order to carry out the intervention strategies developed by the Mobile Crisis Team. They are also responsible for discharge plans from the CSU.
Home Based Crisis Intervention Services
Home Based Crisis Intervention Services are accessed by the Mobile Crisis Team when families need help to re-establish function following a crisis. These services will include support and homemaker services on an immediate basis. This service is operated by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata.
Office Contact Information
175 Mayfair Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3L 0A1
226 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg MB R2H 1J3
Kisewatisiwin (Northern Office)
23 Nickel Road
Thompson MB R8N 0Y4
Parent Home Program
P.O. Box 10610
Opaskwayak MB R0B 1J0
In April 2006, Manitoba Health and Healthy Living introduced the Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act to provide support to a small segment of youth with extremely serious substance abuse problems, and it took effect in Manitoba November 1, 2006.
Under the legislation, a provincial court can issue an order that allows persons under 18 to be taken to a designated facility for assessment by addiction specialists to determine if it is in the youth’s best interest to be detained for stabilization.
The Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act is intended for only the most extreme situations where addicted youth will not voluntarily seek help.
If the youth does not meet the requirements set out in the act, parents will be offered other supports and approaches to help their child.
This legislation is intended for only the most extreme situations of persistent and severe drug use in youth under the age of 18.
If you are worried about a youth’s involvement with drugs, call the Centralized Intake - Youth Addictions Service at 1-877-710-3999. An addictions specialist will help you determine the best service available for your needs and assist you in making an appropriate referral. If it is determined that non-voluntary stabilization for a youth is required, the staff person at the Unit will assist you in obtaining the necessary paperwork and following the process to obtain the Orders required under the new law.
For a complete description of the criteria and process, please click here.
Every effort was taken to ensure information was accurate at the time of writing. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please report any changes to Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors at 204-945-1031.