Youth Treatment Program Options - Substance Abuse

Year
2010
Category
Policy
NCLGA Ref#
B17
UBCM Ref#
B143

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS families in British Columbia face difficult decisions with few options when dealing with youth struggling with abuse and addiction;

AND WHEREAS previous attempts to create legislation in the Province to protect these youth were abandoned:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the North Central Local Government Association and the UBCM urges the Province of British Columbia to implement a further avenue of support for youth struggling with addiction and substance abuse when all other options for intervention and voluntary treatment have failed, similar to programs available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba where detox and treatment options are available to families whose youth struggling with abuse have refused treatment.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting that the Province implement a further avenue of support for youth struggling with addiction and substance abuse when other intervention and voluntary treatment options have failed.

However, the UBCM membership has endorsed resolutions requesting increased provincial contributions to alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs (1992-B87); federal and provincial funding for the development of a continuum of drug detox and rehabilitation programs throughout the province (2000-B61); and the enactment of a full provincial drug strategy (2005-B43; 2002-B74). Members have also called for a provincial Mental Health Plan and an Addictions Treatment Plan to address regional needs, outline best practice in treatment interventions, and address the need for expanded treatment capacity, particularly in the area of youth treatment (2006-B51).

In response to resolution 2006-B51, the Province indicated that prevention and treatment resources for children and youth had been given a high priority, with health authorities in 2005 / 06 having been provided an additional $6 million to develop more youth-specific addictions treatment services, and $2 million to develop targeted services for crystal meth users and their families. The Province also pointed out that it implemented the first Child and Youth Mental Health Plan in Canada.