Group Care Resources

Adolescent Resources in Community Homes (ARCH)

Adolescent Resources in Community Homes (ARCH) Service comprises six community-based homes, a work training program and an education program. ARCH works with youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who are aggressive, have emotional and behavioural needs and are dealing with multiple treatment issues that have precluded them from being successful in their home communities or other treatment settings. Each program has been developed to work effectively with specific populations.

The treatment and assessment teams comprise youth care practitioners (YCPs), a program manager and a therapist. The clinical content and delivery is overseen by the clinical supervisor. The program manager and therapist work together to ensure that all interventions and activities taking place within the program are clinically based and consistent with the treatment model, beliefs and philosophy of that program.


As part of the provincial Residential Care system, ARCH accepts prioritized referrals from the Provincial Placement Desk. These referrals originate from the various Child and Family Service agencies across the province. If space is available, out of province referrals will be considered.


Adolescent Resources in Community Homes Service (ARCH)
p: 204. 949. 4847
f: 204. 477. 6692

Specialized Individual Placements (SIP)

The Specialized Individual Placement (SIP) Service has five community-based homes with 17 residential placements, a specialized classroom with one-to-one supports and a structured work experience program.

The youth referred are 12–17 years of age with high emotional and/or behavioural needs and have been identified as the highest risk youth in the province (Level 5 designation). Often these youth have experienced significant trauma as a result of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, substance abuse and multiple placements. Youth are referred to SIP due to their physical and/or verbal aggression, mental health concerns, suicide attempts/ideation, self-harming behaviours, neurodevelopmental concerns (including FASD), cognitive delays and failure of numerous previous placements.

These youth require a program tailored to meet their needs, one-to-one supervision in most cases, staffing that can be adjusted and placement with a low number of residents. The primary goal of the program is stabilization, focusing on the strengths of the youth, developing life skills and providing a safe environment for the youth to heal.

The SIP Work Program is designed to provide learning opportunities for youth who are having difficulties securing gainful employment and is intended to supplement and enhance the existing programming offered to the youth in the SIP Program. Each youth in our care is afforded every opportunity to explore their full employment potential in a safe, respectful and positive learning environment.

The SIP school program offers a dynamic and flexible curriculum to meet the needs of each individual participant. The programming focuses on academics, artistic exploration and experiential learning to expand minds and broaden horizons. As well, workshops are offered to enhance coping skills, daily living and independent living skills, job search and resumé building and individual programming on issues such as anger management, substance abuse and sexuality.


Level 5 funding (obtained through the Child Protection Branch) is required for all youth referred to the SIP Program. Referrals can be faxed directly to SIP Services. Please include a recent social history and any psychological or psyciatric assessments.


Specialized Individual Placement (SIP) Service
p: 204. 949. 3898
f: 204. 783. 1833

Community Based Healing Homes (Northern)

Kisewatisiwin offers two Community Based Healing Homes in Thompson (Nekenan and Wuskwatim). Wuskwatim, a four-bed placement for female youth between 12 and 17 years of age provides individualized moderate and long-term care. Nekenan is a six-bed receiving and assessment placement for male youth aged 12–17. Typically, the focus is on stabilizing behaviour and providing an assessment of the youth’s needs and current level of functioning to assist in long-term placement planning. These placement programs provide safe, caring and nurturing environments that emphasize maintaining the connection with families and the community. Youth who receive services from the Community Based Healing Home programs have emotional, behavioural, social and/or medical needs that require higher levels of support and intervention. Our goal is to meet the needs of the youth while encouraging and supporting the youth to make healthy decisions and to develop the responsibility to live a positive, productive and ultimately independent life. At both Community Based Healing Homes the youth are involved in regular day programming, which may comprise education, pre-employment training, life skills training and/or employment.


Child welfare agency case managers must submit a recent social history and any other assessments or relevant information to the Provincial Placement Desk (PPD) Specialist. Once approved, the provincial placement desk will submit the referral to Kisewatisiwin who will contact the referring worker to complete a verbal intake form, which gathers basic information about the client’s needs. After the verbal intake is completed, Kisewatisiwin forwards a referral information form to the referring worker that needs to be completed and returned. The referral is discussed at the weekly intake meeting and assigned to the Wuskwatim program manager for follow up with the referring worker. Ideally with ongoing conversations between the referring worker and the program manager, a plan for placement is made.


Thompson, Manitoba
102–83 Churchill Drive
Thompson, Manitoba
R8N 0L6
p: 204. 677. 0814
f: 204. 778. 7778

Fischer Place (The Pas)

Located in The Pas, Fischer Place is a six-bed co-ed placement program for adults living with significant intellectual disabilities. Fischer Place believes that Manitobans with intellectual disabilities have skills and recognizes they have the capacity to make decisions. Opportunities and supports are created for Fischer Place residents to be active members of the community based on their abilities, dreams and interests. At Fischer Place the involvement of the resident’s support network is encouraged in order to assist each individual with decision making, independence, planning and self-determination. Ultimately, the objective at Fischer Place is to assist and empower residents to find their voices and exercise their right to choose who they want to be and how they wish their lives to unfold.


Referrals come from Community Living with disAbilities Services (CLdS) workers.


Fischer Place Program
p: 204. 627. 1475 or 204. 623. 3178
f: 204. 623. 5762