Simcoe County School Board inks new mental health agreement

Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre will full education program for students

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has signed an agreement that promises to further support student mental health and well-being.

The Memorandum of Understanding was inked with the Centre for Family Initiatives – Pine River Institute (CFI@PRI) on Monday afternoon, serving as a commitment by both groups to promote cooperation and collaboration between the two. The memorandum will continue for three years but could be extended if both partners agree.

“We are delighted to partner with the SCDSB to extend our knowledge and experience in treating youth mental health and addictions to families, educators, and community agencies in Simcoe County,” said Vaughan Dowie, Pine River Institute CEO. “Using a developmental maturity model to understand behaviours and addiction, we hope to start new conversations about what’s going on for some of our most challenging youth and provide adults with fresh approaches to addressing behaviours so they can build connection and resiliency in youth.”

“This collaboration will enhance the support that we are able to provide our students in fostering and maintaining positive mental health,” says SCDSB Director of Education John Dance. “The partnership between the SCDSB and PRI is an important step towards our continued goal of increased health and well-being of students and staff.”

PRI is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. It combines therapy with a fully-accredited education program.