Addiction Services - Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Program
Addiction Services - Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Program (PChAD) is for legal guardians of children under the age of 18 who can apply to the Provincial Court of Alberta, Family Court for a protection order. Evidence must be provided to show that the youth’s use of alcohol or other drugs is likely to cause harm to the youth or harm to others; and that the youth will not enter treatment voluntarily. If the court agrees, the youth will be admitted to a protective safe house for up to ten days. While in the protective safe house, the youth will undergo detoxification and stabilization as well as an assessment with an addiction counsellor. Parents/guardians are expected to participate in programming at the protective safe house.
Parents/guardians who want to apply for a protection order, must first attend an information session with an AHS addiction counsellor. Make an appointment at an addiction services office in/near your community to explore all alternatives, including voluntary programs, and to receive more information about PChAD. The addiction counsellor will provide written proof of attendance, which the court will require prior to accepting an application for a protection order.
PChAD is not an emergency program. Admissions are planned. Once a protection order is granted, parents/guardians will be able to request a bed for their child. A bed will be placed on hold for a child as soon as possible after a request is made; however, beds are not always immediately available. Parents/guardians will receive instructions from the addiction counsellor at the information session about how to request a bed after a protection order is granted.
Protective safe houses are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie. Transportation to the house is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, unless the court orders police apprehension and conveyance. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to pick up the youth from the house at the end of their stay.
Want to know more? Call the 24-hour Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 and/or see our AHS webpage.
1-866-332-2322 (24 hr Toll free Help Line)
Upon attending a pre-application information session with an AHS addiction counsellor, the counsellor will provide the parent/guardian with written confirmation of attendance. The parent/guardian must provide this proof of attendance at the time of applying for a protection order. Youth may enter the PChAD program only if a protection order is granted by the court.
Children/youth under the age of 18 years.
The youth’s use of alcohol/drugs is likely to cause significant harm to the youth or others, and the youth is not willing to attend treatment voluntarily.
Based on bed availability.