The Youth Community Support Program (YCSP) provides wrap-around, youth and family-centred mental health treatment in the community. YCSP is an empowering, collaborative and innovative step-down for 25-35 youth and their families who have frequently accessed tertiary services without experiencing functional improvement. Those served by YCSP are involved in domestic situations in which both youth and their caregivers have experienced a considerable disruption in their lives due to ongoing crisis with no long-term resolution.
Youth will be between 13-17 at the time of referral and have mental health and/or addiction diagnoses. Further, all youth will have an existing caregiver and placement through family, kinship, foster care or residential resources determined to stay involved and connected throughout their treatment in YCSP. The number of youth and caregivers who are involved in the program is based on the complexity and acuity.
YCSP’s philosophy is to deliver holistic support for youth recovery in a safe, respectful environment, where youth and families are included and valued. The positive identities of youth and families are supported by recognizing their skills, strengths, successes, and resources. The family will be supported to improve family dynamics, function, communication, wellness, and stability. From the beginning of their time in the program until transition, staff will support youth and families to enhance previously existing community supports and create new connections that offer long-term community-based alternatives.
The YCSP assigns a transdisciplinary team of multi-agency staff to engage youth and their caregivers in collectively developing and implementing the treatment approach and plans. The multi-agency staff is directly supervised by their respective agency’s leadership. The transdisciplinary team for each youth and family includes the assigned clinician, occupational therapist, and consulting psychiatrist through Alberta Health Services, and a youth caseworker and family caseworker from Boyle Street Community Services.
If you require a referral from, please phone 780-613-8901. The fax number is 780-426-4353.