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Lives in the balance

A New Home for Fresh Starts

Lives in the Balance is a fundraising campaign to support the construction of an all-new, 30-bed youth treatment facility in Ottawa.

When the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre first opened in 1993, we offered a day treatment program for youth struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and ran a support program for parents. But the original dream had been to open a youth residential treatment centre.

In August 2010, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre was transformed into the only residential and post-residential treatment care facility in Eastern Ontario,  dedicated to helping English youth aged 13-21 overcome substance abuse issues.

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre currently maintains three facilities:

The Carp Campus:

A building leased from the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in Carp was converted to a ten bed female facility for young women 13-21

The Carleton Place Campus:

A fourteen bed facility in Carleton Place for young males ages 13-21 which was acquired as part of the integration with Alwood Treatment Centre

Providing treatment to youth and their families out of two separate and aging buildings was always considered a short-term solution but the Champlain Local Health Integration Network as well as many community leaders felt the need for youth residential services was too critical to wait for a new building. The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre agreed, and we welcomed the opportunity to offer youth the residential care they so desperately needed from temporary sites as we started the plans to build a permanent facility.

The time is now to bring care for youth and families into a single location and in the process, help an additional 25% more youth and their families every year.