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Youth Addiction Stabilization Unit and IPDA

Involuntary Youth Addictions Stabilization Unit

The Involuntary Youth Addictions Stabilization Unit (YASU) is a short-term program under the Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act. It provides support to families for youth who are using alcohol and or other drugs severely and persistently.

The goal is to support youth to physically stabilize while not under the acute influence of drugs, and if they are willing to accept treatment for drug and alcohol misuse. YASU staff also help to navigate the continuum of youth addiction services and resources in the community.

Voluntary Stabilization Unit 

The Voluntary Stabilization Unit provides a short-term service to youth and young adults under the age of 21, who are able to identify concerns with substance misuse and are thinking about making changes. Staff help guide them down a path of change and explore treatment options available in the community.

The stabilization services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of Youth Drug Stabilization Workers, Medical Staff and Addiction Specialists.

InfoYouth Drug Stabilization
(Support for Parents) Act

To access these programs, please call the Youth Addictions Centralized Intake Service


Intoxicated Persons Detention Unit

YASU operates two community police beds under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. These beds are only accessible to Winnipeg Police Service.

These beds are designated for youth 13 to 17 years of age, who are under the acute influence of alcohol and or drugs as defined in the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, to the extent that the person:

a) is not fully competent to take care of themselves;
b) is unaware of or incapable of controlling their behavior;
c) or is likely to become physically violent. 

infoIntoxicated Persons Detention Act

If needing assistance with a youth under the acute influence of alcohol or drugs, please call the Winnipeg Police Services non-emergency line: 204-986-6222.

In case of emergency, dial 911.