St Joseph's Care Group

Site: Sister Margaret Smith Centre

Service: Youth Addictions

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Description & Services
Description (Service) Provides services to educate and empower clients to make informed decisions about drug and alcohol use or gambling
Residential Treatment Program 
  • Provides a five-week intensive substance abuse treatment program with the option of flexible length of stay for youth requiring further support 
  • Through a strength-based philosophy, incorporates skills from dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT) with a focus on substance use education, helping youth change harmful behaviours through skill acquisition, and building on their existing strengths and capacities 
  • Incorporates a harm reduction model which works to build a youth's capacity to reduce the harms and life interfering behaviours associated with substance use 
  • A holistic approach is woven through the program in order to help strengthen the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capacities of a person 
  • Includes group therapy, education sessions, life skills development, leisure and recreation opportunities, an introduction to self-help groups, Aboriginal spiritual programming, and relapse prevention work 
  • Multi-disciplinary team consists of addiction counsellors, youth workers, family counsellor, therapeutic recreationist, gambling counsellor, medical supports, teacher, and a spiritual advisor 
  • Resource people from the community supplement the program, including mental health professionals, and Aboriginal liaisons
Community Based Services
Coordinates services with Thunder Bay Integrated Youth Programs (UTURN) to provide the following: 
  • Education and screening 
  • Drug and alcohol assessment 
  • Brief individual counselling 
  • Youth gambling 
  • Early intervention program 
  • Early prevention program  
  • Community presentations 
  • Continuing care program
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm  
Residence Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Thunder Bay
Eligibility Ages: 13 year(s) - 21 year(s) 
Individuals with substance abuse problems 
  • Residential Program: 16-21 years 
  • Outpatient Services: 13-21 years
Priority given to Thunder Bay residents
  • Referrals will be accepted from the medical community, social service agencies, parents and self 
  • Those under 16 must have consent form signed by parent or guardian 
  • Call to make appointment for pre-admission interview
Languages English ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-684-5100
Toll Free Phone 1-866-346-0463
Fax 807-622-1779
Site Location South Ward
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 301 Lillie St N
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 0A6
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Intersection Lillie St N and Walnut St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care