A new mobile home and detox centre is now available for First Nations communities in the eastern Fraser Valley.
Building on an original centre brought in five years ago, the new facility has expanded to Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission.
The new team works with First Nations elders and spiritual healers to help the treatment process.
First Nations Health Authority chief operating officer Richard Jock says the 24-hour unit is unique.
“If First Nations people are experiencing crisis in mental health, and in particular, substance abuse that they get immediate attention in a very professional way right close to their community.”
The expansion comes on the heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission releasing its final report.
“I think that these kinds of approaches are our way of implementing the recommendations that come from that important body of work.”
He says he hopes it will lead to similar programs across the province.