OCTOBER 20, 2016

The provincial government should develop and fund a comprehensive system of substance use services capable of consistently meeting the diverse needs of youth and their families across British Columbia, says a report released today by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.

That is the main recommendation from Last Resort: One family’s tragic struggle to find help for their son, an RCY investigative report on the circumstances leading up to the death of Nick, a Métis teenager who was in a full-time attendance program on Vancouver Island as a condition of a youth justice sentence. This is the second time in less than five months that RCY has made this recommendation, which first appeared in A Review of Youth Substance Use Services in B.C. (May 2016)

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