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Portage is pleased to announce that it is in the final stages of establishing a multi-year agreement with the Wapan Rehabilitation Centre for Québec First Nations, whereby Portage will help Wapan adopt the Portage Therapeutic Community Model and adapt it to their clients’ particular substance abuse treatment needs.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the development of an effective treatment model for the autochtone community, and particularly Wapan,” said Peter Vamos, Executive Director of Portage. “We are confident that Wapan will become a highly successful treatment program.”

Since the first Portage centre was established in 1973, the Portage Therapeutic Community model has been modified and adapted to best serve the needs of various clienteles. Portage’s approach to the transfer of its model is unique in that it is respectful of, and adaptable to local variants, be it across the country, across cultures, or at other centres around the world.

Located in La Tuque, Québec, Wapan is one of the five rehabilitation centres in the province serving an exclusively First Nations clientele, under the federal government’s National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP). It has been providing short-term substance abuse treatment to people in need for over twenty years.

However, the Wapan centre recognised that there was a significant need for longer term residential substance abuse rehabilitation therapy in the community and sought to provide these services based on the Therapeutic Community Model. Wapan representatives investigated several other programs before deciding to request a collaboration with Portage.

Ten senior Portage clinicians prepared and carried out an intensive training program for the Wapan staff members in March, in preparation for the centre’s April 3rd reopening. Portage will continue to work with Wapan to help ensure the success of the centre’s new treatment program.

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