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Mental Health and Addiction Funding Proposals

In October 2018, registered non-profit organizations operating in Calgary were invited to apply for funding as part of the $25 million community action strategy to tackle mental health and addiction. The City sought applications for programs aimed at promotion, early intervention and targeted intervention as it relates to mental health and addiction and in all, 62 applications were received requesting over $12 million.

Applications were assessed by members of City Administration, with input from other funding organizations, including Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Police Service, The Calgary Foundation, United Way and The Calgary Homeless Foundation to provide $3 in one time funding. ​From all applications, 19 non-profit organizations were selected to receive funding.

Successful recipients with an outcome focused on reduced crime include:

  • Calgary Alpha House Society
    • DOAP 2.0: A partnership between Calgary Alpha House Society and Calgary Downtown Association to build relationships with downtown businesses on Stephen Avenue and East Village, as well coordinating acc ess to medical, shelter, housing and addiction programs
  • Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society
    • CDTC Opioid Crisis Response Project: Assisting offenders with addictions to end the cycle of crime, active addiction and incarceration in their lives

Successful recipients with an outcome focused on reduced harm include:

  • Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
    • First Contacts: Indigenous Outreach Program at the Iitaohkanitsini'kotsiio'p Hub: Providing assistance to Indigenous people experiencing opioid and substance abuse crises via Indigenous Hub at SORCe
  • McMan Youth, Family and Community Services
    • Journeys - Addiction Supports for Women: Providing integrated supports to pregnant or parenting women with addictions to reduce risk factors
  • RESET Society of Calgary
    • Exploitation Intervention & Transition (EXIT) Program: Facilitating and supporting safe exit from sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking for women and their children

Successful recipients with an outcome focused on enhanced wellbeing include:

  • Alexandra Community Health Centre
    • Youth Mental Health and Addictions Integration: Providing an integrated support to youth aged 12 to 24 years to prevent serious mental health and addictions issues and concurrent problems in adulthood
  • Autism Calgary Association
    • Telling Their Stories: Strengthening Mental Health for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through one-on-one Adult Talk Support
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Calgary and Area
    • Mentoring for Mental Health: Increasing resilience of children and youth at risk of, or who are currently experiencing poor mental health
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
    • Centre for Refugee Resilience Family Therapy: Providing counselling and case management for refugee families through a client-centred and culturally-responsive approach
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Society
    • Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addiction Issues: Promoting help-seeking behaviour among immigrant women and their families, and connecting them to community resources
  • Calgary Sexual Health Centre Society
    • LGBTQ Counselling and Support: Addressing the immediate and longer term challenges faced by LGBTQ community members through counselling and natural support development
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region
    • Increasing Social Connections: Providing an integrated mental health and substance use supports that strengthen community-based mental health solutions and empower individuals and families
  • Carya Society of Calgary
    • Act Out: Providing early intervention, skill-development program for grade 8 students and bridging them to Carya's continuum of support for youth and families
  • Closer to Home Community Services Society
    • Community Connections - Mental Health and Well-being: Increasing knowledge of resources, social-emotional coping skills and social supports that mitigate mental health through the Teaching Family Model and parent support groups
  • Distress Centre Calgary
    • Enhancing Online Crisis Support: Providing accessible, no-cost crisis intervention services that empower community members to make independent choices that enhance their quality of life
  • Hull Services
    • Bridging the Gap: Providing services to young adults who are experiencing mental health concerns, issues with well-being, and barriers to service to help them access services, learn new skills and strengthen their support network
  • Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society
    • Mental Health and Addiction Prevention Outreach for South Asian Community: Increasing awareness around mental health conditions, symptoms, coping strategies, and resources
  • Society de la petite enf ance et de la famille du sud de l’Alberta
    • Supporting Mental Health in French: Supporting Francophone families through workshops and activities to promote awareness of mental health issues
  • Wood’s Homes
    • Exit Youth Hub and Outreach Addictions Specialist: Providing immediate on-site intervention, community prevention and diversion addictions support to vulnerable and at risk youth
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