CASSIDY LAKE (CNB), May 31, 2007 – The Province of New Brunswick is investing $3.25 million to expand and upgrade the Portage Atlantic Residential Treatment Centre at Cassidy Lake, Premier Shawn Graham announced today.
“The investment in the Portage Cassidy Lake reconstruction project clearly falls in our Charter for Change in relation to our Provincial Addictions Strategy and focus on Youth at Risk,” Graham said. “Our government will work with community groups such as Portage Atlantic on addiction prevention and treatment for our youth. We are committed to making New Brunswick self-sufficient by 2026, and in order to be truly successful in achieving this goal, we need to ensure that no one is left behind.”
Joining Graham for the announcement were Supply and Services Minister Roly MacIntyre, Minister for the Regional Development Corporation, and Dr. Russell King, chairman of Portage Atlantic’s board of directors.
Funding provided will help Portage Atlantic expand its facility to a 64-bed facility from its current 50-bed capacity through major infrastructure improvements to the treatment facility at Cassidy Lake. The improvement project includes: construction of new dormitory spaces, a multi purpose common area, a kitchen/dining room, group rooms and office spaces for administration staff, teachers, nurses and case workers.
“We are very appreciative for the government’s contribution to this important capital project,” King said. “The provincial government’s support will enable Portage Atlantic to complete the construction of a campus model to replace the outdated structures currently being used. This funding will go a long way to create a secure and comfortable environment for these youth in Atlantic Canada.”
Under the ownership and direction of the Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc., Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organisation, has been operating since 1997 in New Brunswick, providing a bilingual long-term residential substance abuse program for youth between the ages of 14 years and 21 years old who require intense treatment. The program utilises a therapeutic community approach, emphasising self-help and the creation of a positive environment with family-like support systems.