Ezhi Nanaandawi, The Way to Heal Centre
The program aims to enhance the lives of youth living with complex trauma, providing both stabilization and strong planning and assessment for lifelong success of the healing journey.
The program’s goals are to:
- Stabilize the risk-taking behaviours of youth suffering from mental health issues and unresolved trauma in order to gather robust assessments, providing ground work for healing skills, and creating long term recommendations for success.
- To provide access to timely and integrated services to address co-occurring challenges in the area of mental health, substance misuse, and neurodevelopmental concerns as well as unresolved trauma.
- To create a positive transition experience into mainstream society by gradually supporting a decrease in the supports needed and increase to independence skill building as progress is made through the program.
Given the complex needs of program participants a variety of treatment models are utilized to incorporate a youth-centred approach and meet a wide breadth of needs. An interdisciplinary team provides a holistic, Two-Eyed seeing approach to healing including Adolescent Treatment Counselors, Clinicians, Occupational Therapy, Indigenous Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Cultural Workers, Paramedics, and a Clinical Specialist. Additionally the program provides access to our Elder, consultation with both psychiatry and psychology, as well as access to Marymound School.
Appropriate referrals to this program are female and non-binary youth between 12 to 17 years of age who are in the care of a child and family services agency. These youth demonstrate a growing need in their healing journeys such as having complex, often co-occurring challenges in the area of mental health, substance misuse and neurodevelopmental concerns as well as unresolved trauma; exhibiting risk-taking behaviours where intensity, frequency, and duration are considered a significant risk to safety; and/or require diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations within a semi-secure setting.
Referrals require that other, local, and less restrictive treatment resources have been substantially explored and proven unsuccessful and that guardians, agencies, and other supports are willing to collaborate and participate fully in the youth’s healing journey and planning processes. Program referrals are centralized through the Provincial Placement Desk, please contact your CART Rep to begin the referral process.