The Portage Saint Malachie centre for adolescents will soon be better equipped to serve its residents who may have mental health problems. Last April, Portage signed an agreement with five partners in the mental health field in the Chaudière Appalaches region, granting preferential access to a mental health services corridor to Saint-Malachie residents. The agreement enables young addicts with complex mental health problems to access the Grand Littoral Health and Social Services Centre, and the Hôtel Dieu de Lévis Affiliated University Hospital Centre, in collaboration with the Chaudière Appalaches centre de réadaptation en alcoolisme et toxicomanie [addiction and rehabilitation centre] and the Chaudière Appalaches Agence de la santé et des services sociaux [health and social services agency]. These partners will assist Portage in providing the best possible care to residents who may have mental health issues.
The agreement is currently being put in place at Portage Saint Malachie. The details are being finalised and caseworkers will soon be undergoing a training process. The access corridor should be functional in the coming weeks.
Once established, certain residents will receive a full mental health assessment upon arrival at Portage, and on a regular basis throughout the rehabilitation process. This new access to a mental health services corridor will enable the staff at Portage Saint-Malachie to better support the young residents in their quest for Freedom from Addiction.