Transition Unit

The Transition Unit is a 21-day program that helps Islanders in the early stages of addictions recovery continue their recovery in the community in a safe and supported way. 

Participants focus on their life and recovery goals and are connected to community-based services that can support their goals when they leave the program.

The Transition Unit is offered as a residential (live-in) program for up to 12 people and an outpatient (daytime) program for up to four people. Programming is provided in English only. 


The Transition Unit is for people in the early stages of recovery from substance use and process addiction (e.g., gambling; eating disorders; and, pornography, shopping, and sex addiction). 

It is suited for those who need extra support to remain healthy and manage their recovery in the community. 

The program is open to PEI residents of all gender identities aged 21 years and over. 

Residential Program  

The Residential Program provides 24/7 support for three weeks in a substance-free living environment. It includes: 

  • Day programming (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Evening and weekend programming (AA, NA, group sessions)
  • Recreation activities
  • Medication management 
  • Co-creating a plan to return to the community that reflects your goals and links to community supports and resources

Day Treatment Program

The Day Treatment program is for people living in the community who require daily support for substance or process addiction concerns, but don’t need a live-in program.  

The day program runs Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three weeks. It includes: 

  • Group sessions on various topics
  • Linking to community supports and resources


The Transition Unit can help you maintain your recovery, refer you to community supports and services, and support you with group programming. 

Programming is evidence-based and recovery-oriented, and includes:  

  • DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) skill development
  • mindfulness
  • relapse management
  • family education and support, and
  • other topics identified by participants

The Transition Unit is staffed with professionals dedicated to supporting you in your early recovery, including:

  • registered nurses
  • licensed practical nurses
  • social service workers
  • addictions workers 
  • social workers

For more information on what to expect while attending the Transition Unit, see the Transition Unit Client Handbook.  


The Transition Unit is located at:
The Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility (PATF)
2814 PE-215, Mount Herbert PE, C1A 7J8

How to apply

The Transition Unit accepts self-referrals and referrals from health care providers (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, registered nurses, occupational therapists, etc.).

For referral information or to complete a referral form:

  • Call the Transition Unit at 902-368-4765
  • Fax the completed referral form to 902-620-3933. 

Once your referral is received, it is assessed for eligibility and suitability for the program. If eligible, you will be placed on the waitlist and contacted when a space becomes available. 

For more information on how to find the right services for you, contact the Mental Health and Addictions Patient Navigator at or 902-218-3289.

For more information on the Transition Unit

Contact the Transition Unit Team at 902-368-4765


Published date: 
July 19, 2023
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