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Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction funding

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Council approved $3 million for allocation for 2019 and again in 2020 for projects designed to prevent mental health and addiction issues, aimed at promotion, early intervention and/or targeted intervention.

Funding Process: These funds were allocated on a “one-time” basis. No upcoming calls for funding are planned at this time.

In addition, Council approved $1 million for fast-pilot projects through Change Can’t Wait!. Generous community organizations helped fund these ideas by adding a combined $275,000 to The City’s funding. These organizations, together with The City, form the Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction “Community Investment Table ”. Ideas funded through Change Can’t Wait! are outlined below.

Change Can’t Wait! Projects and Funding – Round Two

Strategic Framework focus area: Resilient people and communities

​2020 funded projects​

Allocated amount

Organizations

2020 funded projects:

Ambassador Pilot Program - 9 Block and Stephen Avenue: Ambassadors will walk around City Hall and Stephen Avenue, interacting with people to strengthen a sense of belonging and inclusiveness and provide support as needed. 

Allocated amount:

$45,000

Organizations:

Calgary Downtown Association

2020 funded projects:

Creative Kits for Youth: Mental health focused resiliency tool kits and programming for youth. 

Allocated amount:

$37,500

 

Organizations:

Families Matter Society of Calgary

 

2020 funded projects:

Immigrant Family-based Interpreters Emotional Wellness Supports: To introduce information to better support children and youth who are providing interpretation and translation for family members into Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada.  

Allocated amount:

$72,655

Organizations:

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)

2020 funded projects:

Piloting the Comfort Collection Mental Health Bundle: Client families will receive resources that will provide strategies to promote children’s mental wellbeing through reading.

Allocated amount:

$25,000

Organizations:

Calgary Reads

2020 funded projects:

Treaty 7 Elders Sharing Circles Calgary and Beyond: Program to virtually connect Elders through online sharing circles to share stories of survival and resiliency as well as discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their communities.

Allocated amount:

$5,000

Organizations:

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

 

Strategic Framework focus area: Reduced stigma

​2020 funded projects​

Allocated amount

Organizations

2020 funded projects:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening and Education Program: Education and research to reduce stigma and better support people with Autism accessing services in the homeless sector.

Allocated amount:

$18,200

Organizations:

CUPS Calgary Society

2020 funded projects:

East Meets West Mental Health Campaign and Forum: The campaign will focus on the mental health of the South Asian community and the forum will focus on improved service delivery for the South Asian ethnic group.

Allocated amount:

$20,000

Organizations:

Punjabi Community Health Service

2020 funded projects:

Pedagogy-based Emotional and Mental Wellness Intervention Pilot for Newcomers: To infuse strengths-based, emotional wellness pedagogy into the teaching, classroom management and lesson planning at settlement agencies.

Allocated amount:

$74,495

Organizations:

The Immigrant Education Society (TIIES)

2020 funded projects:

Speak Up, Speak Out: Open Up about Mental Health: Trained peer outreach to workers to carry out a stigma reduction campaign, provide workshops and presentations to South Asian and Filipino community. 

Allocated amount:

$10,000

Organizations:

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

 

Strategic Framework focus area: Resilient people and communites and reduced stigma

​2020 funded projects​

Allocated amount

Organizations

2020 funded projects:Cultural Healing Tools for the BIPOC Community: Three cultural healing events that will draw on, and share the rich wellness practices within African, Indigenous and South Asian cultures. Allocated amount:

$22,834

Organizations:

The Colour Factor

2020 funded projects:

Learn Together, Recover Together, Resilient Together: South Calgary: A collaborative community development art project will build community and reduce stigma among people living with, or at risk of contracting, HIV.

Allocated amount:

$25,000

Organizations:

The SHARP Foundation & Habitus Consulting Collective

2020 funded projects:

Mental Wellness Through an Indigenous Lens: This initiative will connect participants with Elders from surrounding First Nations and provide land-based teachings to facilitate mental wellness.

Allocated amount:

$89,000

Organizations:

Stoney Nakoda Tsuut'ina Tribal Council

2020 funded projects:

Nurture Your Narrative: A Mental Health Storytelling Workshop: Digital storytelling about people's lived experience with mental health, the importance of removing stigma, and how to improve the system of care. 

Allocated amount:

$29,975

Organizations:

The Colour Factor

2020 funded projects:

Recovery Employment Cooperative:  A social enterprise cooperative which will improve recovery and employment outcomes for people transitioning from addiction treatment to the workplace.

Allocated amount:

$58,400

Organizations:

RecoveryWorx

2020 funded projects:

Specialized Caregiver Coach for Caregiver Capacity: Coaches will deliver a supportive four-week workshop called 'COMPASS for the Caregiver’ and provide support to caregivers.

Allocated amount:

$33,400

Organizations:

Alberta Caregivers Association (Caregivers Alberta)

2020 funded projects:

The Community Wellness Desk at the Calgary Public Library: Delivering mental health support at the Central Public Library via onsite social workers and service providers for vulnerable Calgarians confronting mental health and addictions challenges.

Allocated amount:

$22,800

Organizations:

Calgary Public Library Foundation

Change Can't Wait! Projects and Funding - Round One

​2020 funded projects​

Allocated amount

Organizations

2020 funded projects:

Shelter Diversion: Supporting individuals entering the shelter system for the first time to navigate their mental health and addiction needs and connect them with the appropriate resources.

Allocated amount:

$60,000

Organizations:

Calgary Alpha House Society

2020 funded projects:

Language Link to Mainstream Mental Health: Providing language support for newcomers to access mainstream mental health services.

Allocated amount:

$70,000

Organizations:

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

2020 funded projects:

Mobile Street Health Team: Connecting vulnerable Calgarians accessing Emergency Medical Services to social supports and community connections through health navigators.

Allocated amount:

$55,000

 

Organizations:

Alberta Health Services - EMS Mobile Community Response Teams City Centre and Street CCRED (Community Capacity in: Education and Development)

 

2020 funded projects:

Recovery Coaches: Providing peer support for individuals with substance use disorder to navigate community resources and receive tailored care.

 

Allocated amount:

$101,900

Organizations:

Alberta Health Services and Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary

2020 funded projects:

Service Navigation for Vulnerable Calgarians: Bridging and connecting Calgarians to the best resources for their specific needs across different agencies.

Allocated amount:

$27,579

Organizations:

Calgary Counselling Centre and Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary

2020 funded projects:

Anxiety Workshops for all Calgarians: Training to deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs for anxiety.

Allocated amount:

$17,850

Organizations:

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network

2020 funded projects:

RESILIEN Confidential Wellness Wayfinder: Connecting Calgarians with relevant mental health services and peer support through a website/app.

Allocated amount:

$25,000

Organizations:

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary, RESILIEN and Synaptic Spinal Cord Neuro Rehabilitation Centre

2020 funded projects:

Older Adult Men's Wellness Workshop and Peer Support: Delivering wellness workshops for older adult men to build knowledge, develop skills and connect with regular, ongoing peer support meetings.

Allocated amount:

$10,754

Organizations:

Carya Society of Calgary

2020 funded projects:

Accredited Wilderness Addiction Treatment Program: delivering a 30-day indigenous land-based-teaching treatment program for Indigenous youth.

Allocated amount:

$120,541

Organizations:

Enviros Wilderness School Association

2020 funded projects:

Seniors Mental Health and Addictions Outreach Team: Providing short term, in home care to seniors to increase protective factors, identify risk, navigate resources, reduce isolation and create safety action plans.

Allocated amount:

$36,375

Organizations:

Jewish Family Services

2020 funded projects:

Automated Self-Service Health Website: Connecting Calgarians to available mental health and addiction services, including community care options.

Allocated amount:

$56,000

Organizations:

Peer to Peer Labs Ltd.

2020 funded projects:

Online Connection Tool and Booking Solution: Connecting Calgarians to counselling services and appointment bookings with multiple organizations in one online tool.

Allocated amount:

$30,000

Organizations:

The Catholic Family Service of Calgary, YWCA, CUPS, Centre for Sexuality,Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary, Distress Centre and Collabo Systems

2020 funded projects:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): Integrating ASIST training into the Faculty of Nursing curriculum.

Allocated amount:

$55,200

Organizations:

University of Calgary - Faculty of Nursing and Centre for Suicide Prevention

2020 funded projects:

South Asian Youth Mental Health (SAYMH) Outreach Ambassador: Training South Asian youth to become mental health ambassadors for the South Asian community.

Allocated amount:

$15,570

Organizations:

University of Calgary and Punjabi Community Health Services

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Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction - Funding

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Outcome area: Reduced crime

​Organization 2019 Funding amount​ 2020 Funding amount​ ​2019 Funded program
Organization: Calgary Alpha House Society
2019 Funding amount: ​$274,324 2020 Funding amount: ​$274,324 2019 Funded program: ​DOAP 2.0: Building relationships with downtown businesses on Stephen Avenue and in East Village, as well as coordinating access to medical, shelter, housing and addiction programs
Organization: Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society​ 2019 Funding amount: ​​$153,603   2019 Funded program: CDTC Opioid Crisis Response Project: Assisting offenders with addictions to end the cycle of crime, active addiction and incarceration in their lives


Outcome area: Reduced harm

​Organization ​2019 Funding amount​ ​2020 funding amount ​2019 Funded program
Organization: Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
2019 Funding amount: ​​$198,416 2020 Funding amount: ​​$234,947 2019 Funded program: 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
Organization: McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association
2019 Funding amount: ​$356,518 2020 Funding amount: ​​$308,926 2019 Funded program: ​Journeys - Addiction Supports for Women: Providing integrated supports to pregnant or parenting women with addictions to reduce risk factors
Organization: RESET Society of Calgary​ 2019 Funding amount: ​​$137,980​ 2020 Funding amount: ​​$131,290​ 2019 Funded program: ​Exploitation Intervention & Transition (EXIT) Program: Facilitating and supporting safe exit from sexual exploitation and/or sex trafficking for women and their children


Outcome area: Enhanced wellbeing

​Organization ​​2019 funding amount ​​2020 funding amount ​​Project name and description
Organization: Alexandra Community Health Centre​
2019 funding amount: ​$342,000 2020 funding amount: ​$342,000 Project name and description: 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 
Organization: Autism Calgary Association
2019 funding amount: ​$80,592 2020 funding amount: ​$80,592 Project name and description: Telling Their Stories: Strengthening Mental Health for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through one-on-one Adult Talk Support
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Calgary and Area 2019 funding amount: ​$88,095 2020 funding amount: ​$88,095 Project name and description: Mentoring for Mental Health: Increasing resilience of children and youth at risk of, or who are currently experiencing poor mental health
Organization: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society 2019 funding amount: ​​$100,795​  2020 funding amount: ​$117,646 Project name and description: Centre for Refugee Resilience Family Therapy: Providing counselling and case management for refugee families through a client-centred and culturally-responsive approach
Organization: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association 2019 funding amount: ​$114,289 2020 funding amount: ​$114,289 Project name and description: ​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
Organization: Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region 2019 funding amount: ​$263,550 2020 funding amount: ​$263,550 Project name and description: ​Increasing Social Connections: Providing an integrated mental health and substance use supports that strengthen communitybased mental health solutions and empower individuals and families
Organization: Carya Society of Calgary

 

2019 funding amount: ​​$49,722 2020 funding amount: ​$49,722 Project name and description: ​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
Organization: Centre for Sexuality Society 2019 funding amount: ​$85,000 2020 funding amount: ​$85,000 Project name and description: ​LGBTQ Counselling and Support: Addressing the immediate and longer term challenges faced by LGBTQ community members through counselling and natural support development
Organization: ​Closer to Home Community Services Society 2019 funding amount: ​$191,837 2020 funding amount: ​$191,837 Project name and description: ​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
Organization: Distress Centre Calgary 2019 funding amount: ​$120,615 2020 funding amount: ​$120,615 Project name and description: ​Enhancing Online Crisis Support: Providing accessible, nocost crisis intervention services that empower community members to make independent choices that enhance their quality of life
Organization: ​Hull Services 2019 funding amount: ​$211,975  2019 funding amount: ​$211,975 Project name and description: 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
Organization: Punjabi Community Health Services Calgary Society 2019 funding amount: ​$100,000 2020 funding amount: ​$100,000 Project name and description: Mental Health and Addiction Prevention Outreach for South Asian Community: Increasing awareness around mental health conditions, symptoms, coping strategies, and resources
Organization: ​Society de la petite enfance et de la famille du sud de l'Alberta 2019 funding amount: ​​$25,083 2019 funding amount: ​​$27,983 Project name and description: ​Supporting Mental Health in French: Supporting Francophone families through workshops and activities to promote awareness of mental health issues
Organization: Wood's Homes​ 2019 funding amount: ​​$105,606  2020 funding amount: ​$103,606 Project name and description: ​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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