The Dawson City hub for Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services officially opened Saturday, April 14. The new hub will provide a variety of services to Dawson City residents, as well as specialist services to the neighbouring communities of Mayo and Old Crow.
Community members now have a single point-of-access to a variety of services. Similar to the hub in Watson Lake, these services include mental wellness support for individuals who have experienced trauma, individual counselling, outreach services, community support and pre-and post-care related to substance use.
Specifically, this hub integrates 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.
Mental wellness is a key aspect of overall health, and this new hub will support families, youth and community members by providing the right supports at the right time in each community. This hub is a key component of our work to keep families together by providing preventative support and building community wellness.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
The Dawson City hub will have six resident staff: two Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellors, one Clinical Counsellor, one Mental Health Nurse, one Child and Youth Counsellor and one Mental Wellness and Substance Use Support Worker.
Mayo will have an additional two resident staff: one Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor and one Child and Youth Counsellor. They will receive visiting specialist services from the Dawson City hub.
Old Crow will have a resident Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor. They will receive visiting specialist services from the Dawson City hub.
There will be four community hubs across Yukon in Watson Lake, Carmacks, Dawson City and Haines Junction.