A dozen more addiction centres coming for youth in B.C.

Youth in British Columbia will soon have access to more mental health and addiction services at more than a dozen new Foundry centers.

The increased funding for the centers comes from the latest provincial budget, providing $236 million over three years to expand services for young people, including nearly $75 million to expand services.

Foundry BC says the 12 new centers have yet to be identified, but their team is working closely with families to identify locations for this expansion phase.

Support for people aged 12 to 24 at the Foundry Center includes mental health and addictions counselling, physical and sexual health care, peer support and social services.

Mental Health and Addiction Minister Jennifer Whiteside said the centers were an important part of a comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment system.

There are currently 15 foundry centers in British Columbia with eight more under development in Burns Lake, East Kootenay, Fort St. John, Port Hardy, Surrey, Tri-Cities, Kamloops and Sunshine coastal.


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