Northern Health is now saying the Nechako Treatment Centre in Prince George won’t be reopening this fall as planned.
The centre, which offers Northern Health’s only residential drug and alcohol treatment program, closed on July 4th due to staffing shortages.
The program was expected to reopen after the summer, but Northern Health’s Regional Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Jim Campbell, says not enough qualified health care professionals have applied to fill the vacant positions. The minimum number of staff required to run the 10-bed program is six.
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Campbell says that while the program is not considered an “acute service,” Northern Health is still finding ways to accommodate those seeking treatment.
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The Authority has reposted the vacant positions at the treatment centre this fall, but it will have to wait until all those positions are filled before the centre can be reopened.