January 19, 2010
For Immediate Release
(Dieppe) – Today New Brunswick government representatives and local education, health and social service providers joined Peel Children’s Centre (Peel) in Dieppe to celebrate the opening of Peel’s third residential treatment program for Maritime youth with mental health challenges.
“Our new program will help meet the need for additional high-quality residential treatment programs that allow Maritime youth to get the help they need close to home so they can stay connected to their families and communities,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director.
Peel’s residential treatment programs provide temporary out-of-home treatment for youth ages 11 to 19 years in a safe, supportive environment. The programs offer an opportunity for youth and their families/caregivers to work collectively towards solutions that support the youth’s return to their homes, schools and communities.
Peel opened its first 8-bed, coeducational residential treatment program in Moncton in 2005. The program was immediately filled to capacity, prompting Peel to open a 4-bed parent therapist-operated program a year later to serve youth with less intensive treatment needs.
The third program opening today will allow Peel to expand the age range of youth served while continuing to focus on high-needs youth with serious difficulties involving their behaviour, feelings or relationships.
“Our new program in Dieppe will fill a service gap for Maritime youth with serious mental health difficulties,” said Becky Snider, Clinical Supervisor of the new program. “I am very excited about this opportunity to help more Maritime youth reach their potential as happy, contributing members of society.”
Like Peel’s other two residential treatment programs in the greater Moncton area, the new program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of Maritime professionals, including experts in youth counselling; social work; psychology; psychiatry; individual, family and group therapy; and behaviour management.
“We have based our Moncton programs on evidence-based practices developed from Peel’s 25 years’ experience in providing a broad range of treatment services for children, youth and their families,” said Mitchell.
“This new program also brings economic benefits to New Brunswick, creating 25 new jobs in addition to the 40 jobs in our other programs in the greater Moncton area,” Mitchell added.
Peel Children’s Centre is an accredited, not-for-profit, charitable organization. It provides over 5,700 individual services annually to 3,700 children and youth, and has an annual budget exceeding $19 million. For information about eligibility for Peel’s Moncton residential treatment programs or to make a referral to the programs, call 506-382-4040.
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In the photo (left to right) are:
Councillor Yvon Comeau, City of Dieppe; Deputy Mayor Paul LeBlanc, City of Dieppe; Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director, Peel Children’s Centre; Becky Snider, Clinical Supervisor, Peel Children’s Centre; and Councillor Jean Gaudet, City of Dieppe.
Information: Becky Snider, Clinical Supervisor 506-382-4040 or
Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications and Development