Overview

The Mental Health Services Protection Act creates standards for residential treatment facilities and requires health service providers to be trained and regulated.

Changes

The Mental Health Services Protection Act:

  • requires all residential addiction treatment facilities to be licensed as of November 1, 2019
  • requires these facilities to establish consumer protection standards such as having a consent policy and service contract that outlines what services will be provided, the costs and the process for dealing with complaints
  • gives government authority to address complaints and concerns and to amend, suspend or cancel an operating license
  • creates the new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta under the Health Professions Act to regulate about 5,000 counselling therapists, addiction counsellors and child and youth care counsellors
  • protects the use of these professional titles

Timeline

  1. Upon proclamation – the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta will be created.
  2. July 1, 2019 – Residential addiction treatment service operators can apply for a licence on or after this date.
  3. November 1, 2019 – Residential addiction treatment services must meet core standards and have a licence to operate.

Contact

Questions about the licensing of residential addiction treatment services can be directed by:
Email: MHSPA@gov.ab.ca
Phone: 780-427-8740
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)