Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Program
PChAD is for legal guardians of children / youth 18 years and younger who can apply to the Provincial Court of Alberta, Family Court for a protection order. If the court agrees, your child will be admitted to a Protective Safe House (PSH) for up to ten days, with a possible extension of up to five days. PSH's are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie.
While in the Protective Safe House, your child will undergo detoxification and stabilization as well as an assessment by an AHS addiction and mental health counsellor. Parents / guardians are expected to participate in programming at the PSH.
If a judge grants a protection order, parents / guardians will be able to request a bed at a PSH for their child. A bed will be placed on hold as soon as possible after a request is made; however, beds are not always immediately available. PChAD is not a crisis service, and admissions are carefully planned and coordinated.
Transportation to the PSH is the responsibility of the parent / guardian, however parent / guardians can request in their application to court for assistance from police to apprehend and transport their child to a PSH. It is the parent / guardian's responsibility to pick up their child from the PSH at the end of their stay. If unable to pick up your child, they must arrange for a designated adult to pick them up.
For additional information and resources about the PChAD program, 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)
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Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.
Parents / guardians must meet with an Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addiction and Mental Health (AMH) Counsellor for a Pre-application Information Session. The AMH counsellor will provide written proof of attendance once you have completed a Pre-Application Information Session, which is needed to apply to the court for a PChAD Protection Order. Parents / guardians will receive instructions from the AMH counsellor at the Pre-Application Information Session about how to request a PChAD bed at a PSH after a protection order is granted.
Parent / guardians can access the court forms to make a PChAD application through the Government of Alberta website.
Children / youth 18 years and younger.
The childs use of alcohol / drugs is likely to cause significant harm to themselves or others, and the child is not willing to attend treatment voluntarily.
Wait period ranges from 0 - approximately 7 days based on bed availability.