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The Supportive Living program provides support services to those who have experienced difficulty living independently because of a mental disorder. Services are tailored to the client’s level of need and can include development of daily living skills such as cooking, shopping and budgeting, development of social skills, emotional support, connection with community resources and more.

Please note: There are generally waiting lists for all CMHA Supportive Living Programs.

Download and print our Supportive Living brochure.

Supportive Living allows for the benefit of privacy and security, while at the same time encouraging social interaction and group dynamics to reduce isolation. The Supportive Living program hosts a continuum of group living and apartment residences that offer a range of staffing support levels. Clients are considered for a residence based on their current level of life skills and independence.

While some clients receive care from the Supportive Living program indefinitely, with support, teaching and mentoring clients are encouraged to maximize their potential for a more independent lifestyle within the Supportive Living model or in other CMHA programs.

Who can benefit from Supportive Living?

The program serves clients who:

  • Are between 18 and 64 years old;
  • Have a severe and persistent mental disorder (generally what is referred to by psychiatrists as an Axis I diagnosis);
  • Have an illness or symptoms that have resulted in a reduced ability to live independently, and therefore would benefit from support to maintain their housing and independence;
  • Are engaged with psychiatric and clinical supports and are compliant with their treatment plan;
  • Choose to engage in one-to-one support with a Supportive Living Coordinator;
  • Are prepared to set and work towards goals;
  • Are not currently at risk of harm to themselves or others;
  • Are not actively engaged in substance abuse or addiction;
  • Are medically and physically able to participate in the program.

Please note: Supportive Living programs are intended for single adults, and are unable to accommodate couples or individuals with children. The majority of buildings that are owned and operated by Horizon Housing Society do not allow pets. Therefore, owning a pet can also affect our ability to provide placement in our programs.

Individualized programming for clients living in apartments. Staff is onsite seven hours per day, Monday through Friday. The Apartment Program has three levels of support to meet client needs.

High Level

New clients to the Apartment Program meet with their Supportive Living coordinator on a weekly basis. Clients may remain at this level of support until they have developed basic skills necessary to function independently in their home environment and until necessary resources and supports are in place.

Moderate Level

Clients at the moderate level of support meet with their Supportive Living coordinator once every two weeks. Client goals focus on ongoing skill development and retention, and assisting clients to develop and access external support networks. Clients receive support to access community resources, develop coping and problem solving skills and to pursue community activities, volunteer or vocational pursuits.

Maintenance Level

Clients at the maintenance level of support meet with their Supportive Living coordinator once per month. Clients at this level of service have a demonstrated level of independence with their activities of daily living and mental health management and are able to follow through with their programming.  Goals at this level of service are to maintain client independence and quality of life.

How to access the program

All referrals are now done through Alberta Health Services’ Regional Housing Program. Please view the official notice from AHS regarding this process change. Referrals can be made by calling the AHS Intake Coordinator at 403-955-6376.

If you have questions regarding this process please contact us at 403-297-1700 or info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca

Individualized support in group living settings. Group Living allows for intensive assessment of client needs and functioning on a regular basis.

Marguerite House

  • 24-hour staff support.
  • High degree of support for daily living skills, social skill development, emotional support and development of coping skills.
  • Medication monitoring and support available.

Miner House

  • Staff support up to 10 hours per day. Telephone support available overnight.
  • Moderate degree of support for daily living skills, social skill development, emotional support and development of coping skills.
  • Medication support on an as needed basis.

How to access the program

Referrals should be directed to the Intake Team. For further information on this program please call:

Stephen Wong Housing Intake Coordinator, Regional Housing Phone: 403-955-6376 Fax: 403-955-6059 stephen.wong@albertahealthservices.ca

This is a six-month transitional housing program providing  24-hour support to persons who are transitioning from the hospital back into the community and do not meet the criteria for other community supported housing programs. There are eight beds in Hamilton House and nine beds in Roberts House.

The program is a partnership initiative with Alberta Health Services. Referrals are made directly to the program through the inpatient mental health units at Alberta Health Services hospitals.

Please note 24-hour support to clients includes the following:

  • Daytime access to nursing support;
  • Partnership resources through AHS;
  • CMHA non-clinical support on evenings and weekends;
  • Assistance with accessing outside resources;
  • Support in finding housing.

Harm Reduction Model Under the harm reduction model, clients will not be declined because of an addiction or substance abuse issue; however, clients are expected to use or drink alcohol off-site and may not return while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. No drugs or alcohol may be kept on site. In order to ensure the safety of all housing clients, clients who are under the influence during evening hours will be asked to find an alternate accommodation for the night. Clients will be discharged if they use on site.

How to Access the Program Clients must have an ability to work on goals and learn daily living skills, contribute to and benefit from a group living situation, be able to self-administer medication.

Program participants receive direct referral through the hospital. Community referrals are not accepted.

If you have questions regarding this process please contact us at 403-297-1700 or info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

All referrals are now done through Alberta Health Services’ Regional Housing Program. Please view the official notice from AHS regarding this process change. Referrals can be made by calling the AHS Intake Coordinator at 403-955-6376.

If you have questions regarding this process please contact us at 403-297-1700 or info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca

Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.