Description: We offer mental health support through:
16 transitional and 8 long-term residential beds are available for individuals to develop and/or maintain independent living skills such as medication management, symptom management, nutrition and meal preparation, household maintenance, and money management skills.
A team of multidisciplinary staff work with the client to assess needs, develop an Individual Service Plan for their stay at SASHA, and provide the guidance and direction needed to help clients recover and re-establish themselves in the community. Staff support is available 24 hours daily. Lengths of stay in the transitional program vary from a few months up to a year. Long-term clients stay as long as the program is able to meet their needs.
Community Treatment Orders
A community treatment order (CTO) under the Mental Health Act is a tool intended to assist a client in complying with treatment while in the community. The CTO is a treatment and care plan specific to individual needs. Alberta Health Services provides funds to support these individuals 24 hours a day. Five of our residential beds are designated for this service.
A short stay bed is available which allows an individual to retreat from a situation that may be causing stress, or to provide a safe place while permanent housing can be found. There is a small daily fee for which funding may be available. Maximum stay is three weeks.
Clients of SASHA’s residential program may be considered for our permanent supportive housing program in the community. This will help SASHA clients needing less support move into more private community living once they have mastered the residential program. Clients move into a unit provided by the Lethbridge Housing Authority, and SASHA provides long term supportive services based on each individual’s needs. Clients may return to SASHA for short stays if they are having difficulty and need more support.
These are individuals that used to live in SASHA’s residential program and have moved out on their own. For a number of reasons they continue to seek out staff and visit current clients, staying connected with SASHA. They are registered as a Community Client so they can benefit from some of our services while being encouraged to use and/or be referred to community resources.
Recreation and Leisure
Support is available for recreation and leisure activities. Clients are encouraged to use community facilities and services. This program is funded through the United Way.
SASHA works closely with other agencies involved in helping individuals live successfully in the community.
Free household furnishings are available for individuals meeting the criteria for need: made possible through community donations
Placements are available for individuals interested in spending time with persons experiencing mental health problems and/or for sitting on the Board of Directors. Hours and time commitment is flexible. This may be set up as a student placement.
Criteria for Acceptance:
Age 18 to 64.
Diagnosed with a severe and/or persistent mental illness.
Willing to participate in programs.
Able to function in an open residential setting.
Active substance abuse.
High suicide risk.
Physical health conditions requiring medical support.
Primary diagnosis of Developmental Disability.
High risk behaviours putting themselves and/or others at risk.
Call to inquire about space.
Submit a referral. We can send you a referral package. Forms are also available on our website.
If suitable a tour and pre-intake assessment will be arranged.
Referral information gathered is reviewed with the staff team for approval.
A decision is made and notification of acceptance or rejection is given.
Intake date is established once source of income and therapist are confirmed.
Mission: Southern Alberta Self - Help Association (SASHA) is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to promote the independence of persons with mental illness by means of transitional and long-term housing through supportive programs and activities. Services include support for co-occurring addictions issues.
1239 – 5th Avenue South
Phone Number: 403-942-2263
Fax Number: 403-942-2266