Youth Community Support Program

NOTE: This program is only available with a referral.

A unique feature of this program is that program staff consist of both Alberta Health Services staff and Wood's Homes staff. Case management and decision making are shared to ensure a comprehensive, individualized service is provided to each youth and caregiver. 

This program is meant to fill a gap in the continuum of services for a specific group of youth 13-17 years of age with complex mental health diagnoses, who are continuously accessing tertiary services with no stable resolution. Youth are required to have an existing community “home” placement identified prior to admission.

The program consists of two components:

  • Residential beds as a treatment intervention, as needed, with the goal of transitioning the youth to community-based intervention. This component serves 4-6 youth and their caregivers at any given time.  These youth will attend school at the program in a classroom with a Calgary Board of Education teacher and school support counsellor.
  • Community-based intervention is available for up to 15 youth and their caregivers at any given time. The community component supports youth in family-based care, as well as supporting the successful transition of the youth back to the community from the residential setting or acute inpatient mental health setting.

 This program is provided in partnership with Alberta Health Services.