CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – The design for the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Youth was unveiled today in Campbellton.

“Your government is listening and understands that enhancing mental health support for youth is a priority for New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “The new centre will assist youth with complex needs by providing them with access to services that they are not able to attain in New Brunswick at the present time.”

The 15-bed centre will be housed in a 7,500 sq. metre (25,000 sq. feet) facility to be constructed on the site of the former Restigouche Hospital Centre.

"We want to underscore the contribution of all our partners during the consultation sessions,” said Gilles Lanteigne, president and CEO of Vitalité Health Network. “This was an essential factor in ensuring that we came up with the best model to provide mental health services and thus have a centre that could deliver on the assigned mandate as well as possible."

Construction will begin in the coming months and is expected to be completed in 2018. The project’s estimated cost is $14.4 million.

“Your government is getting things done to improve access and move toward a more patient-centred, recovery-based approach to mental-health care,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. “This will help New Brunswick families regain control of their future together.”

Arseneault spoke on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

Supporting those with mental health challenges is a pillar of the New Brunswick Family Plan Framework. The framework aims to improve the lives of residents by addressing the factors that have the greatest impact upon health and well-being. It focuses government action in seven priority areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty; and supporting people with disabilities.