Northern Services / Kisewatisiwin
Kisewatisiwin provides individualized therapeutic services to children, youth, adults, and families in the communities of Thompson, The Pas, and Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN).
These services include:
- Fischer Place (The Pas)
- Community-Based Healing Homes (Thompson)
- Northern Alternative Parent Homes (Thompson, The Pas/OCN)
- Learning Independence Fosters Empowerment (LIFE) Program (Thompson)
- Manitoba Youth Transitional Employment Assistance and Mentorship Program (MYTEAM)
Kisewatisiwin is committed to providing services that encourage children, youth, adults, and families to remain connected to their northern heritage while providing and promoting opportunities for healing, continued growth, and development.
Kisewatisiwin has a centralized intake system in the North for all referrals with the exception of Wuskwatim, the female Community-Based Healing Home. For referral information for these programs, please refer to the program descriptions below.
For all other child and youth programs, child welfare agency case managers must contact our office in Thompson (204.677.7870) and complete a verbal intake form. This provides our office with information about:
- the client’s needs;
- what type of resources and services are being sought; and
- in which community they would like to secure placement (Thompson or The Pas/OCN).
The referral process is the same for Fischer Place; however, referrals come from Community Living with disAbilities Services workers.
102–83 Churchill Drive
Thompson, MB R8N 0L6
The Pas, Manitoba
Box 958, 51–2nd Street East
The Pas, MB R9A 1K9
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 want their lives to unfold.
Fischer Place Program
Phone: 204.627.1475 or 204.623.3178
Community-Based Healing Homes
Kisewatisiwin offers two Community-Based Healing Homes in Thompson (Nekenan and Wuskwatim).
- Wuskwatim, a four-bed placement for female youth 12 to 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 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 them to make healthy decisions and to develop the responsibility to live a positive, productive, and ultimately independent life.
At both Community-Based Healing Homes, youth are involved in regular day programming, which may comprise:
- pre-employment training;
- life skills training; and/or
For Nekenan, please see referral information (above) for Kisewatiwisin Programs
For Wuskwatim, 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.
Community-Based Healing Homes
Northern Alternative Parent Homes (NAPH) Program
The Northern Alternative Parent Homes (NAPH) Program has specialized foster care homes in:
- The Pas;
- Opaskwayak Cree Nation; and
Foster parents are full-time care providers with a specialized skill set that enables them to support and meet the needs of children and youth 0 to 21 years of age. The children and youth who receive service from the NAPH Program have emotional, behavioural, social, and/or medical needs that require higher levels of support and supervision.
NAPH recognizes the importance of matching children and youth with placements that meet their needs. This process involves assessing the needs of the child or youth to the skills of the NAPH foster parent(s) and the characteristics of the home (i.e., rural or urban, characteristics of biological children, school programs available, needs of other NAPH children and youth currently placed in the home). The goals of foster placements are to:
- create stability through the development of individualized care plans;
- create care plans that address the needs of the child(ren) and youth living in the home; and
- provide each child and youth with a foundation from which they can reach their full potential and experience success as adults.
Northern Alternative Parent Homes (Thompson)
Phone: 204. 677. 7870
Fax: 204. 778. 7778
Northern Alternative Parent Homes Program (The Pas/OCN)
Phone: 204. 627. 1460
Fax: 204. 623. 5762
Learning and Independence Fosters Empowerment (LIFE) Program
The Learning and Independence Fosters Empowerment (LIFE) Program in Thompson addresses the needs of older adolescents (16 to 21 years of age) who are transitioning into adulthood and to increased independence.
The LIFE Program consists of services for youth learning to live on their own and in some circumstances, with their own children. Youth in this program must consistently participate in an educational program, employment, or a combination of the two to maintain their placement with the program. LIFE operates two different program streams including a transition house and individual apartments.
All youth involved in the LIFE programs receive a minimum of 15 support hours per week. Some clients require higher levels of support to meet the expectations of the program and work toward their care plan goals. Support hours are determined based on individual needs and plans. In the LIFE programs, support hours are typically used to assist clients with:
- child care;
- scheduling/attending appointments; and
- school/employment commitments.
- Transition House is a 4-bed co-ed placement for youth 16 years and older where they are supervised 24 hours a day. The program is designed for youth who need less support than our Community-Based Healing Homes offer but more support than living in apartments on their own. This program supports youth in acquiring the necessary skills to live with increased independence.
- Apartments: Offers one or two bedroom apartments for youth who are 16 years and older. The apartment block that the program uses is situated close to a shopping centre, medical providers, parks, a high school, and various places of employment. Youth moving into this program require start-up funds from their child welfare agency to purchase the necessary furnishings associated with moving into an apartment for the first time (e.g., linens, kitchenware, living room items, bedroom furniture). Youth in this program receive money on a semi-monthly basis that they must budget accordingly to cover their bills (e.g., hydro, phone, cable, rent) and living expenses (e.g., food, clothing, toiletries).
LIFE Transition House
Phone: 204.778.4590 or 204.778.7749
Fax: 204. 778. 7778
LIFE Apartment Program Manager
Phone: 204. 677. 0815
Fax: 204. 778. 7778
Manitoba Youth Transitional Employment Assistance and Mentorship Program (MYTEAM)
MYTEAM is a four-year pilot project with the Child Protection Branch. It is designed to support youth 16 to 21 years of age who:
- live in Thompson; and
- are leaving or have recently left the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services agencies.
All participants must either be receiving services from Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) or planning on receiving services once they leave care.
The program provides a range of services intended to identify and address youths’ strengths and needs for support and skill development in the areas of:
- child care;
- finance; and
- basic living skills.
This helps the youth achieve their primary educational and training goals. The goal of MYTEAM is for participants to successfully transition to independent living. Participants in the MYTEAM program are expected to be involved for a minimum of three months and must be willing to participate actively in the program.