The Carmacks and Haines Junction hubs for Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services will officially open on April 20 and 21.
Similar to the hubs in Watson Lake and Dawson City, these hubs will provide mental wellness support for individuals who have experienced trauma, individual counselling, outreach services, community support and pre-and post-care related to substance use.
These hubs integrate the formerly separate programs of Alcohol and Drug Services, Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Services and Mental Health Services to provide wrap-around support in rural Yukon. Community members now have a single point-of-access to a variety of services.
Working in partnership with First Nations, these hubs will support families, youth and community members by building community wellness and providing preventative support. With all four hubs now operational, we are pleased to see this expansion of mental health services to improve supports in rural Yukon.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
My late father, Elder Roddy Blackjack, believed in the importance of our "two cultures working side-by-side." Like my father, I believe in working together, learning from each other and sharing for the betterment of us all. Opening this hub in our community is a wonderful opportunity to put these words into action. We are happy to be working together to improve the services available for our community members.
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation Chief Russell Blackjack
The Carmacks hub will provide a variety of services to Carmacks residents, as well as specialist services to the neighbouring communities of Pelly Crossing, Ross River and Faro.
Carmacks will have five resident staff: a Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor, a Clinical Counsellor, a Mental Health Nurse and two Child and Youth Counsellors.
Pelly Crossing will have a resident Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor.
Ross River will have a Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor and a Child and Youth Counsellor.
Faro will have a Mental Wellness and Substance Use Support Worker and a Child and Youth Counsellor.
Pelly Crossing, Ross River and Faro will receive specialist services from the Carmacks hub.
The Haines Junction hub will provide generalist and specialist services to residents in Haines Junction, Burwash Landing and Beaver Creek.
Haines Junction will have six staff members: two Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellors, a Clinical Counsellor, a Mental Health Nurse, a Mental Wellness and Substance Use Support Worker and a Child and Youth Counsellor.