A new program for youth with developmental disabilities is going ahead thanks to close to $188,000 awarded to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge.

The money came from the province, which CEO Mark Graham says about $125,000 of that will be annual funding.

He says the goal is to help transition youth into the adult support programs. Based on the programs right now, the adult system isn’t prepared to support youth with dual diagnosis (both developmental disabilities and a mental health concern).

Graham says the project will provide housing and support so youth can become independent. It’s also something they’re partnering with Community Living on.

The first phase of the program will start in about four to six weeks. It will roll out in Peterborough first, with the plan to create something that can be replicated in Haliburton County, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County.