The Exceptional Needs program is a crisis mental health program run in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), as part of the AHS continuum of mental health care for adolescents and their families experiencing significant mental health issues that cannot be managed on an outpatient basis.
The program offers an intensive, trauma sensitive environment that is a family-centred service to help mitigate the need for hospital presentation and admissions by providing a stable bridge from hospital beds or the community back to home.
This program supports clients who have been discharged from Alberta Health Services in-patient hospital mental health units or from the Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health (CAAMHP) programs.
The Exceptional Needs Program provides:
- 24-hour supervision and milieu treatment
- 24-hour crisis support for children on site and their families in the community
- Individual and family therapeutic services specifically tailored to the needs of the child and family
- Parent/caregiver support and psycho-education
- Access to additional therapeutic and assessment services including; occupational therapy, expressive arts therapies, speech and language therapy, etc. (at an additional cost)
- Nursing services and monitoring of health issues
- Access to psychiatric care and medication management review
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
- In-home follow-up family support
This program is provided in partnership with Alberta Health Services.