Group Care Resources
- Adolescent Resources in Community Homes (ARCH)
- Specialized Individual Placements (SIP)
- Community-Based Healing Homes (Northern)
- Fisher Place (Northern)
Adolescent Resources in Community Homes (ARCH)
Adolescent Resources in Community Homes (ARCH) provides specialized placement opportunities for young people (ages 10 to 17), their families, and their systems of support to participate in strengths-based comprehensive programming. ARCH services and supports are designed to support youth with complex needs who require a higheer level of supervision and support within their community.
- The Edgewood Program (Male)
- The Mutchmor Program (Male)
- The Williamson Program (Male)
- The Chancellor Program (Male)
- The St. Pierre Program (Female)
- Workforce Venture Program (Work Training)
ARCH Therapeutic Teams include the following:
- Youth care practitioners
- Program manager
- Clinical supervisor
ARCH's Therapeutic Team work collaboratively with the youth, their family, and their systems of support using interventions and therapeutic services that promote safety, wellness, healthy development, resilience, and permanency.
As part of the provincial residential sare 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, we will consider out-of-province referrals.
Specialized Individual Placement (SIP)
The Specialized Individual Placement (SIP) Service has:
- 5community-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 to 17 years of age with high emotional and/or behavioural needs. They 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. It is meant 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, we offer workshops to enhance coping skills, daily living and independent living skills, job search and resumé building, as well as 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. You can fax referrals directly to SIP Services. Please include a recent social history and any psychological or psyciatric assessments.
Specialized Individual Placement (SIP) Service
Community Based Healing Homes (Northern)
Kisewatisiwin offers two Community Based Healing Homes in Thompson (Nekenan and Wuskwatim).
Wuskwatim, a 4-bed placement for female youth between 12 and 17 years of age provides individualized moderate and long-term care.
Nekenan is a 6-bed receiving and assessment placement for male youth aged 12 to 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. These may comprise:
- pre-employment training;
- life skills training; and/or
Child welfare agency case managers must submit a recent social history and any other assessments or relevant information to the Provincial Placement Desk 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.
102–83 Churchill Drive
Thompson, MB R8N 0L6
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. We create opportunities and supports for Fischer Place residents to be active members of the community based on their abilities, dreams, and interests. At Fischer Place we encourage the resident’s support network to be involved 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
Phone: 204.627.1475 or 204.623.3178