12/12/2013 04:27 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST

New Brunswick to get centre to treat mental health issues in children and youths

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is issuing a request for proposals to supply and operate a treatment centre for children and youth with mental health needs.

Social Development Minister Madeleine Dube says the 15-bed facility will be the first of its kind in the province.

She says the private sector will supply the facility while the province will provide the clinical services.

Dube says the facility will improve the quality of life for the children and youth because they'll be able to get treatment close to home, family and friends.

The facility was recommended more than two years ago in a report by the province's then child and youth advocate.

At the time, Bernard Richard said children and youth with the most complex needs were falling through the cracks.