Southeast Alberta FASD Network

Mission: The Southeast Alberta FASD Network strives to provide leadership, coordination, prevention and awareness information and to work collaboratively with partners to provide FASD services across the lifespan in Southeast Alberta.

Programs and Services Offered

Mentoring/Coach/Advocacy for Individuals and Families (Adult Program)

  • The FASD Service Network prioritizes the enhancement of supports that strengthen protective factors and enable individuals and families affected by FASD to reach their potential in the community.
  • This program is based in Medicine Hat but provides service to the entire region. To support this priority the Network works to enhance the capacity and scope of the existing mentoring/coaching services both geographically and across the lifespan. These program enhancements are focused on community capacity building, collaboration, individualized supports and intervention plans and outreach that are indicative of emerging best practices.
  • This service enhances an already existing service offered in this area and focuses on preparing individuals for adulthood. Supporting the transition to adulthood and to remain involved until such time that a satisfactory support network is in place for the individuals is a primary goal.



Diagnostic Assessment

  • A Diagnostic Assessment Coordinator/Family Support Worker leads the development of a multidisciplinary diagnostic and assessment team in the Brooks area and provides family support as follow-up.
  • The FASD Service Network believes that the continuation and enhancement of a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team will have a direct impact on increasing the numbers of individuals who will be diagnosed at an earlier age.



Psychological Analysis in Diagnostic Assessment

  • As it is imperative that FASD assessments include psychological analysis within pediatric assessment and are non-compliant without it, the Network has prioritized this service as being one that was imperative to implement immediately.
  • Assessments for young children are being hired out to private, qualified Psychologists. It is estimated that approximately 26 assessments will be completed in the Medicine Hat area this year, and 12 in the Brooks area. These are pediatric assessments only.



First Steps Program

  • The PCAP (Parent-Child Assistance Program) Model used successfully in other Alberta communities has been implemented in this Network.
  • The program has the ability to support women who: are pregnant or up to 6 months postnatal; are experiencing issues with alcohol and/or drug use; or lack connections to community supports and resources.
  • This program is not age dependent and is designed for a mother to be supported for up to three years after giving birth. This provides support into the home where there may also be other children affected by FASD.
  • The services this program provide include the following: enhanced social support networks; increased awareness of healthy child development; skill building and life skills including self-help skills; development of healthy coping strategies; and linking parents and individuals to appropriate community resources.



FASD Youth Mentor  For Youth (Ages 10 - 17)

  • It is becoming a growing concern that youth who are either diagnosed or suspected of having FASD are in great need of a FASD Youth Mentor. The Youth Mentor service provides the following: crisis intervention and counseling; ensuring basic needs are met (housing, clothing, food); skill building youth work - decision making, budgeting, living skills (cooking, cleaning, paying bills, etc.); connecting to relevant support services; parent/teen mediation; advocacy; and follow-up.


FASD Transition Program (Ages 17-22)

  • The young adults who are turning 18 years of age will no longer qualify for the Youth Mentor Program. The FASD Transition Program will therefore, provide supports and services for young adults while they wait for availability in an adult program or gain skills towards increased independence and community supports. The FASD Transition program provides the following: crisis intervention and counseling; support with accessing services and transitioning to appropriate adult services; employability skills and supported employment opportunities; ensuring basic needs are met (housing, clothing, food); living skills-decision making, budgeting, cooking, cleaning, financial management, completing service applications; building natural and community supports; advocacy; and staff training and resources.
  • Clinical Consultation: There are opportunities for these clients to receive the supports they need and gain the life and workplace skills through which they can benefit.



Southeast Network Service Areas

  • Medicine Hat, Brooks, Oyen, and Bow Island.



Contact Information

# 12, 941 South Railway St. SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1S3
Phone: 403‑548‑2963

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Created: 2013-04-01
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