Strike Action - Services Update - Youth Crisis Stabilization System

Notification of Essential Services   
On August 2, 2016, Macdonald Youth Services Youth Crisis Stabilization System employees will begin strike action. We have negotiated essential services with their union representatives and want the community to be aware of these new reduced service levels as this will impact the level of care we can provide.
Telephone Intake (reduced services)
Our telephone intake services, previously available 24 hours a day, will now be operational for 16 hours daily from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight. Only one intake clinician will be available.

Intake clinicians assist by providing telephone counselling. Generally, two-thirds of calls are resolved on the phone. Crises that are not resolved are referred to the mobile crisis team and non-crises are referred to other community resources. Referrals to the Home Based Crisis Intervention Services (HBCIS) provided by Ma MaWi will continue as usual.   

Mobile Crisis Team (significantly reduced)
The mobile crisis team will provide significantly reduced services. One team will provide services from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight. Previously, three mobile crisis teams delivered services to children, youth, families and caregivers; these services were available 20 hours per day. The teams stabilize crises, provide onsite services and develop treatment strategies for ongoing intervention. The teams are also responsible for admission to the Marymound boys and girls crisis stabilization units and for mental health assessments of girls at the Strong Heart Buffalo Woman Crisis Stabilization Unit located at Project Neecheewam.
Brief Therapy (no services)   
No brief therapy services will be available. Our brief therapy team is a multi-disciplinary team that, under normal circumstances, provides time-limited, solution-focused therapy to children, youth and their families and addresses issues and events that led to the crisis.
Clinical Follow-up Facilitators (reduced services)
MYS will continue to facilitate discharge planning for youth admitted to the crisis stabilization units. A clinical follow-up facilitator assists in the discharge process and makes any necessary referrals to help with future planning and to ensure the individual has the resources and support required.
For those who are unaware, Youth Crisis Stabilization System employees have been without a contract for the last two years. They are asking for modest wage and benefits increases over four years.

We sympathize with the position they have been placed in and support their request. Our agency receives funding for these employees from the Government of Manitoba.