Nova Scotia

Flood damage keeps teen treatment program closed

It will be nearly two weeks before patients can return the Adolescent Centre for Treatment in Halifax.

Halifax program was offered at the Via Rail station

The flood damage at the station is worse than anticipated. (CBC)

It will be nearly two weeks before patients can return the Adolescent Centre for Treatment in Halifax.

The program operates on the third floor of Halifax's Via Rail station. But the offices were closed Sept. 5 after sprinklers flooded the area.

"The work that needs to be done is more extensive than originally thought," said Ruth Carter, the director of the IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program. "It's going to take a little more time to reopen than we thought originally."

The flooding started two floors above the train station in the Adolescent Centre for Treatment. According to the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service, a resident in the facility broke the head off a sprinkler. That lead to extensive water damage.

Ruth Carter says the program should reopen in two weeks. (CBC)

"It's just that more of the walls were damaged than we originally thought," Carter said.

The program is Nova Scotia's only inpatient mental health treatment centre for teenagers. Six patients were initially moved to the IWK Health Centre. Now, they're home with their families.

"When they're at home, we are able to provide in-home support — transition workers we call them — so they can go into the homes and help support any problems that come up."

Carter says some of those patients may have to start the 12-week treatment program all over again.

"Several of the young people were fairly new in the program, they were only in it one or two weeks, so they will be pretty much starting again when they come back."

It's not known how much it will cost to repair the damage.

Officials at the IWK say they should have a better idea when the renovations are complete. The cost will be covered by insurance.

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