Additional CMHA Services
In addition to our registered programs, drop-in group and one-on-one supports, CMHA offers services accessible through Alberta Health Services.
Please note: CMHA Calgary does not provide intervention for individuals contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the Distress Centre’s 24-hr Crisis Line at (403) 266-HELP or visit their website. If you or a person you know is at immediate risk of harming self or others, please call 9-1-1.
The Supportive living program operates out of nine locations in Calgary and is available for individuals living with a mental illness who are unable to live on their own in the community. Clients live in one of several Horizon Housing Society managed apartment buildings or group homes. Individuals work regularly with CMHA coordinators to increase their level of independence through individualized support and goal setting.
The Supportive Living Program offers:
- Development of daily skills;
- Accessing community resources;
- Emotional Support.
In the post discharge transition program, individuals with a mental health disorder who are transitioning from the hospital with an alternative level of supported housing when they have not been able to meet the criteria for living in other supported housing. The program aims to transition clients within six months to a suitable housing accommodation within the community while assisting them to gain the highest possible level of independent living skills. Clients live in the community with linking to community supports and resources and developing their living skills. Through referrals from staff and through the partnership with Alberta Health Services (access to nurse and psychiatrist), clients are provided seamless access to services from hospital through to stable community living. Note: Referrals for this program come directly from the in-patient units at hospitals.
In the group living setting, clients receive coaching for development of independent living skills, social skills and coping skills. Clients are encouraged to engage in community programs as their skills and abilities allow. Group living allows for intensive assessment of clients’ needs and functioning on a regular basis.
In the apartment setting, clients receive support for development of activities for daily living, such as nutrition and meal preparation, household maintenance, laundry and budgeting. Additional supports include connection to community resources and assistance with the development of coping and problem solving skills.
All referrals are done through Alberta Health Services’ Regional Housing Program. Referrals can be made by calling the AHS Intake Coordinator at 403-955-6376.
The Continuing Connections program assists individuals between 18 and 65 years of age who reside in a long-term care centre and who have complex care needs, often managing both long-term physical health and mental health concerns.
The recovery-based program is designed to increase clients’ confidence and to facilitate healthy living while restoring hope. Often clients experience feelings of hopelessness, isolation or boredom.
The Continuing Connections program offers:
- Introduction to the foundational skill building group: Art of Friendship;
- Therapeutic recreation activities and outings;
- Assistance with attending other helpful community programs;
- Social visits from volunteers;
This program is a partnership with Alberta Health Services and is available at Bethany Care Centre, Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, Garrison Green and Glamorgan Care Centre.