Direction of rehabiliation services

Direction of rehabiliation services

DRRS receives children and youth, aged 6 – 17, under the Health and Social Services Act, the Youth Protection Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The DRRS has an administrative office located in Kuujjuaq, an access office, located in Montreal, and six readaptation sites throughout Nunavik, with one in Montreal (and another one in development). Three of these sites are units, and three are group homes. Due to its regional mandate, the DRRS also controls admissions to Atsanirq, the Inuulitsivik Health Center group home for adolescents, located in Puvirnituq.

The DRRS is overseen by a Director, with the assistance of three Heads of Program, four managers, and one administrative technician. Senior educators and intervention agents also act as team leaders in specific sites. Educators are the primary interveners in all our sites, and their work is supported by intervention agents in the units.

The clients

We receive children/youth who demonstrate extreme difficulties in navigating interpersonal relationships, and who struggle with accepting the authority of adult caregivers. Typically, these children/youth have been removed from their family homes under the Youth Protection Act, and have been through several foster homes before arriving in the DRRS.

The youth who are placed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act are in our secure unit in Montreal and are either in Preventive Custody or are serving sentences. These youth can be aged 12-18 and over, depending on the length of the sentence received and when it was received.


Our clinical approach

Using attachment theory as our underlying approach, educators use readaptation and psychoeducation techniques, working intensively with the children, preparing them to live in a family setting, or for adult autonomy.

Our work is driven by nine guiding principles.

  1. Our decisions and practice are based on kindness and respect.
  2. Our interventions are meant to be caring and consistent.
  3. We will be transparent, offering safety.
  4. Every intervention is meant to be educative, not punitive.
  5. We help youth to develop problem-solving skills, empowering them, by involving them in all decisions concerning them.
  6. We make every effort to engage and collaborate with families, to ensure that they play the fullest role possible in the lives of their children.
  7. We promote traditional, cultural, and on the land activities, and country food, and the use of Inuktitut. We want to inspire Inuit pride.
  8. We help children and youth to believe in their potential – if you can see it, you can be it.
  9. We always strive to connect with youth, helping them to communicate with each other, family, caregivers, and culture.


The sites

Sapumivvik is a treatment centre for 8 adolescent boys located in Salluit. It is staffed by a manager, a clinical activity specialist, educators and intervention agents.

Qullik Centre is a treatment centre for 10 adolescent girls located in Inukjuak. It is staffed by a manager, educators and intervention agents.

Pirutsaivik is a group home for 4 preadolescents, boys and/or girls, located in Kuujjuarapik. It is staffed by educators, one of whom also acts as a team leader.

Qaumayuapik is a group home for 4 preadolescents, boys and/or girls, located in Kuujjuaq. It is staffed by educators.

Saturvik is a group home for 8 adolescents, boys and/or girls, located in Kuujjuaq. It is staffed by a manager and educators.

Ulluriaq is a secure unit for 10 adolescent males, located in Montreal. It is staffed by a manager, a clinical activity specialist, a psychologist, a nurse, educators, and intervention agents.

Atsanirq, currently under the supervision of the Inuulitsivik Health Center, is a group home for 8 adolescents, boys and/or girls. It is staffed by educators and social aids.

We are also currently in the process of developing a highly structured adolescent girls’ unit, also to be located in Montreal.


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