Keeping Your Children Happy & Healthy

Keeping Your Children Healthy

This directory page contains listings for local services and programs for the health and development of children in the Lower Columbia region. Our region boasts a variety of services for young families. In this page you’ll find listings to address physical, mental and developmental health services for your child.

If you would like to talk to someone for help in connecting to the services and programs in our region, please call the Family Action Network at 1-855-368-3707 for assistance.

General Health Services & Programs

Kiro Wellness Centre

Entrance to Kiro Wellness Centre

Interior Health Community Health Centre.

Services include:

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Well Baby Clinics (weigh-ins, immunizations etc.)
  • Audiology (hearing checks)
  • Speech-Language Program for Early Childhood
  • Postpartum services
  • Prenatal services
  • Nutritionist
  • Healthy Families Program
  • Options for Sexual Health Clinic

Contact Information

Address:
Kiro Wellness Centre
1500 Columbia Avenue
Trail, BC
V1R 1J9

Contact: Public Health Nurse
Phone: 250-364-6219
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Kiro%20Wellness%20Centre

Trail Area Health & Environment Program

The Trail Area Health & Environment Program (THEP) is a community-led program promoting healthy living and the environment in the Trail, BC area. It offers free programs to keep children, pregnant women and families healthy and safe regarding smelter metals. This includes helpful information on how to reduce lead exposure at home, improve children’s nutrition, help you renovate safely and support your children’s healthy development. We offer in-home visits, free supplies, information, referrals, soil testing and other support, as needed.

Expectant families and families with children under 3 years can receive an in-home visit from our Healthy Homes Program. This includes soil testing, identifying potential sources of lead exposure indoors and outdoors, and free supplies for keeping the dust down in the house and yard. Our staff will discuss the soil testing results and any yard improvement work or soil remediation that may be warranted.

In the baby’s first 12 months, the family can receive a Healthy Families Program in-home visit from an Interior Health Public Health Nurse. The Public Health Nurse will answer parent’s questions about their children’s healthy development and how to prevent lead exposure. The Public Health Nurse can make referrals to other public health and early learning programs.

If the family is planning or doing a home renovation, we would encourage them to use our Home Renovation Support Program. We provide free lead-safety supplies, loan of HEPA-filtered shop vacuums, advice on preventing lead exposure, and can even come on site and help set up the renovation space in the family’s home.

Please contact the Trail Area Health & Environment Program if you live in Trail or Rivervale and:

  • you have children under 3 years of age,
  • you’re expecting or have just had a baby,
  • you are new to the community and have young children or are expecting.

Contact Information

Address:
1319 Bay Avenue
Trail, BC
V1R 4R7

Contact: THEP Community Programs Office
Phone: 250-368-3256
Email: programs@thep.ca
Website: http://thep.ca

Aboriginal Services and Programs


Aboriginal Family Services Development Program

COINS (Circle of Indigenous Nations Society)
Services include:

  • Metis Traditional Parenting
  • Drum circles and talking/sharing circles
  • Community Drum Making ceremonies
  • Case planning and cultural case management
  • Liaison with the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Coordinated service interventions with other service providers
  • Referrals and information about other community services programs (both aboriginal and non-aboriginal)

Contact Information
This program is delivered in various locations, please call to book an appointment.

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-231-4968
Email: coinations@gmail.com
Website: n/a


West Kootenay and Boundary Aboriginal Early Years Program

A partnership between Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, Kootenay Kids Society, Kootenay Family Place and Boundary and Individual Services Society. Together we provide a wide range of support and services to Aboriginal children ages 0-6 and their families across the region.

Services include:

  • Cultural services and support to Early Years programs
  • Coordinate and deliver cultural activities in childcare centres
  • Collaborate and partner with other Early Years programs to bring cultural opportunities to children 0-6
  • Provide referrals and support for Aboriginal families to access other community resources
  • Cultural support and training to non-Aboriginal Early Years staff and agencies working with Aboriginal children and families

Contact Information
This program is delivered in various locations, please call to book an appointment.

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-231-4968
Email: coinations@gmail.com
Website: n/a


Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Aboriginal Infant and Aboriginal Supported Child Development is a Provincial program that is designed to specifically meet the needs of children with special needs. We recognize that inclusion and providing intervention and support in childcare settings during the early stages of development is important.

Families eligible for services can include birth, extended, adopted and foster families. Aboriginal families can be living on or off reserve, working or going to school or need support in any way with their child’s development.

Contact Information
Please call for appointment.

Contact: Aboriginal Supported Child Development Coordinator
Phone: 250-551-5011
Email: sunningdalechildcare@gmail.com
Website: n/a

LGBTQ Services


ANKORS

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) provides a multitude of services and can be accessed by phone, mail, email or drop-in to one of their offices. ANKORS programs as based on the belief that services are provided in a non-judgmental manner to ensure an individual’s right to anonymity and access. Serving those living with and at the greatest risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS and/or HCV. ANKORS works with persons who have had difficulty obtaining services elsewhere due to social barriers, race, gender identity, substance use, mental illness, race or ethnicity.

Services include:

  • Outreach, support and advocacy for persons living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C and their support persons
  • Crisis intervention and counseling for positive individuals and their support

Contact Information
Contact: ANKORS Outreach and Support
Phone: 250-505-5506
Email: support@ankors.bc.ca
Website: http://www.ankors.bc.ca


Trail Opt Clinic

Entrance to Kiro Wellness Centre

Welcoming new and returning clients with no referral. The Opt clinic provides non-judgmental, youth friendly, pro-choice and sex-positive services for all genders, orientations and ages, focusing on reproductive and sexual health.

Services include:

  • PAP test (cervical cancer screening)
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Low-cost contraception
  • STI care

Contact Information
Kiro Wellness Centre
1500 Columbia Avenue
Trail, BC

Contact: Kiro Wellness Centre
Phone: 250-364-6219
Where: n/a
Website: https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers/trail-opt-clinic

Dental Health Services & Programs

Interior Health Dental Program

Entrance to Kiro Wellness Centre

The Interior Health Dental Program focuses services to children 0-6 years of age in various community settings (Health Centres, Child Development Centres, Community Agencies, Friendship Centers, and Schools). Services include risk assessments for dental decay, fluoride varnish clinics, preschool/daycare kits, school surveys, and presentations targeting high-risk groups and vulnerable populations. Dental staff can be reached and appointments made at your local health center.

Services available include:

  • Lift the Lip/Fluoride Varnish Program for children 12-47 months of age. This free program provides preventive education and fluoride varnish applications for children within this age that meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Dental Resource Kit for Young Children is available to all licensed daycares/preschools/kindergartens targeted for children 3-5 years of age. It contains story book, videos, activities, and parent take-homes.

Appointments only. Eligibility 0-6 years of age.

Contact Information

Address:
Kiro Wellness Centre
1500 Columbia Avenue
Trail, BC
V1R 1J9

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-364-6211
Email: Mandy.McGill@interiorhealth.ca
Website: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Service&loc=&svc=Dental%20Health%20Services

Healthy Kids Program

Helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care. Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive Medical Services Plan premium assistance through the Ministry of Health.

Families who have been approved for MSP premium assistance will be signed up with the program.

Contact Information

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 1-604-683-7151 (Ministry of Health)
Phone 2: 1-800-663-7100
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/insurance/index.html
Online Document: http://www.mhr.gov.bc.ca/publicat/pdf/HealthyKids.pdf

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Dental Program

Provides basic dental services to income assistance clients who are least likely to become financially independent – Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers.

Contact Information

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 1-866-866-0800 – enter your 10 digit phone number, then press option 3 and then press option 4.
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.eia.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/2005/dental.htm

Save A Smile

Entrance to Kiro Wellness Centre

Supports children in need of urgent dental care.

Contact Information

Address:
Kiro Wellness Centre
1500 Columbia Avenue
Trail, BC
V1R 1J9

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-364-6211
Email: Mandy.McGill@interiorhealth.ca
Website: https://startanevolution.ubc.ca/projects/bcda-save-a-smile-public-outreach-program/

Dental Access Fund - Trail FAIR

Fund-raised dollars that provide limited services to assist low-income community members experiencing dental pain or infection to access dental work.

Contact Information

Contact: Trail Family and Individual Resource (FAIR) Office
Phone: 250-364-2326
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.trailfair.ca/ProgramPages/Dentalaccess.html

Early Childhood Development Services & Programs

Infant Development Program

For children from birth to 3 years old the Infant Development Program provides family-centered service that is parent-led and works with family strengths and priorities. Services are usually delivered in the child’s home. With the family’s permission, the consultant may work with other professionals in the community to offer necessary services for the child and his or her caregivers.

Referrals can come from any source, including parent, physician, public health nurse or community professional.

Participation is voluntary and free of charge.

Services include:

  • Home Visits
  • Information on typical and atypical child growth and development
  • Child development assessment(s)
  • Access to information to enhance parenting skills
  • Support to promote secure attachment relationships
  • Access to other community resources and supports
  • Coordination of services or supporting a family member in this role
  • Information on and access to parent/child programs
  • Toy and resource lending library (books, videos, CD’s)

Download: KFP Referral Form (PDF)

Contact Information

Address:
Kootenay Family Place
767 11th Avenue
Castlegar, BC
V1N 1J7

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-365-5616 ext: 223
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-644-5616
Email: idp.kfp@telus.net
Website: http://www.kootenayfamilyplace.org/programs/early-intervention/west-kootenay-infant-development-program

Supported Child Development Program

For children up to age 12 with additional needs, the Supported child Development Program provides extra support to families. The program is funded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Referrals may come from any source, including parent, physician, public health nurse or community professional.

Participation is voluntary and free of charge.

Provides the following services to support children, families, and child care providers:

  • Individual planning for child’s development
  • Training and information for families and care providers
  • Resources (books, toys and specialized equipment)
  • Referrals to other services such as therapists or specialists
  • Where necessary and possible, additional staffing to ensure that children may participate fully in community early learning programs

Download: Supported Childcare Program Referral Form (PDF)

Contact Information

Address:
Kootenay Family Place
767 11th Avenue
Castlegar, BC
V1N 1J7

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-365-5616 ext: 228
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-644-5616
Email: supcc@telus.net
Website: http://www.kootenayfamilyplace.org/programs/early-intervention/supported-child-development-program

Kootenay Family Place Early Intervention Services

Kootenay Family Place offers therapy for families with children who require specialized assistance. Therapy services at Kootenay Family Place aim to enhance the skills of children so that they can actively participate in areas such as play, learning and self care. Therapists work under a family centered care model that recognizes parents know their child best and it is through the family that a child’s needs are met.

Therapy Programs are child centered. The location of treatment depends on the setting that best meets the child’s needs. A child may be seen at home, in the KFP Therapy room, preschool or where appropriate.

Services available to Lower Columbia region families are Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

The Physiotherapy Program is funded by the Ministry for Children and Family Development to work with all children with gross motor and mobility issues up to the age of five years. A child may be eligible for services if they exhibit delays in reaching gross motor milestones, have issues with walking or balance, or if parents have concerns regarding the physical health of their child. Other common referral reasons are: Infant torticollis, plagiocephaly and flat feet.

Download: Physiotherapy Program Referral Form (PDF)

The Occupational Therapy Program is funded by the Ministry for Children and Family Development to work with children from birth through to entry into Kindergarten who display a delay or risk of delay in the following areas:

  • Sensory Processing
  • Self Help Skills (eating, dressing, play, social interaction, grooming, learning)
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Visual Motor and Perceptual Skills
  • Ocular Motor Skills
  • Oral Motor Skills

Contact Information

Address:
Kootenay Family Place
767 11th Avenue
Castlegar, BC
V1N 1J7

Physiotherapy Program Contact
Contact: Physiotherapist
Phone: 250-365-5616 ext: 235
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-644-5616
Email: physio.kfp@telus.net

Occupational Therapy Program Contact
Contact: Occupational Therapist
Phone: 250-365-5616 ext: 235
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-644-5616
Email: ot.kfp@telus.net
Website: http://www.kootenayfamilyplace.org/programs/therapy-services/occupational-therapy

OCAI - Okanagan Centre for Autism Intervention (local Trail office)

We provide individualized Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) programming for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and support for children over 6 years old diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Services include:

  • Initial Assessment for programming
  • Development of Individualized Early Intensive Behavior Intervention
  • Development of individualized behavior intervention plan (Ages 6 and up)
  • Monitor and evaluate child’s progress
  • Develop and implement Positive Behavior Support plans
  • Parent workshops
  • Sibling workshops
  • Social Skills groups

Contact Information

Address:
1694 Second Ave.
Trail, BC

Contact: Behavior Consultant
Phone: 250-608-8828
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.ocai.ca

Speech and Language Program

Entrance to Kiro Wellness Centre

Provides therapies for the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of communication difficulties for children from birth to school entry. Interior Health speech language pathologists help with issues such as stuttering, voice, or hearing problems, pronunciation, language comprehension and use and social communication.

Services include:

  • Helping families to plan approaches that work with family priorities & obligations
  • Offering training for families and other caregivers to help children learn improved ways to talk
  • Connecting families to other supports
  • Checking children’s speech and language progress on an ongoing basis

Children from birth to preschool-age can be referred by parents or health care professionals with parents’ consent. Families with children who are about to enter kindergarten should contact the school district for service.

Contact Information

Address:
Kiro Wellness Centre
1500 Columbia Avenue
Trail, BC
V1R 1J9

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-364-6213
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/InfantsChildren/Pages/SpeechLanguage.aspx

Child and Youth Mental Health Services

CYMH works with children, youth up to 19 years old and their families. Some of the key mental health issues addressed by CYMH include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, other mood disorders, some problematic and risk behaviours, infant mental health, self-harm behaviour and suicidality.

Families can self-refer to these services.

Contact Information

Address:
Ministry of Children and Family Development
278 – 1051 Farwell Street
Trail, BC
V1R 4S9

Contact: Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-364-0540
Email: n/a
Website: n/a


Kootenay Boundary Map for Child/Youth Mental Health Services

KB Searchlight is an initiative of the Kootenay Boundary Action Team, coordinated locally by Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice and hosted by partner agency, Kootenay Family Place. Other action team members include families, doctors, mental health counsellors, school administrators, health authority staff, community agencies and more. Whether your child is dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, or suicidal thoughts, we can help link you to the right services in your community.

Children and Youth with Special Needs

Children and Youth with Special Needs services are voluntary to parents raising a child with a Special Need. A division of the Ministry of Community and Family Development (MCFD), Children & Youth with Special Needs Social Workers are a family’s connection to the Autism Funding Branch, the At Home Program, and other Family Support Services.

CYSN helps families work through the unique challenges associated with parenting a Special Needs Child and offer family-centered services that will best meet the needs of the child.

Contact Information

Address:
Ministry of Children and Family Development
278 – 1051 Farwell Street
Trail, BC
V1R 4S9

Contact: CYSN Social Worker, Kootenay Boundary
Phone: 250-364-0704
Email: n/a
Website: n/a

If you’d like to speak to someone to have help in connecting to programs and services in our region, please call the Family Action Network at 1-855-368-3707