The New Brunswick government is issuing a request for proposals to supply and operate a treatment centre for children and youth with mental health needs.

Social Development Minister Madeleine Dube said the 15-bed facility will be the first of its kind in the province.

She said the private sector will supply the facility while the province will provide the clinical services.

Dube said the facility will improve the quality of life for the children and youth because they'll be able to get treatment close to home, family and friends.

The facility was recommended more than two years ago in a report by the province's then child and youth advocate.

At the time, Bernard Richard said children and youth with the most complex needs were falling through the cracks.