The Mental Health Services Protection Act creates standards for residential treatment facilities and requires health service providers to be trained and regulated.
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
- Upon proclamation – the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta will be created.
- July 1, 2019 – Residential addiction treatment service operators can apply for a licence on or after this date.
- November 1, 2019 – Residential addiction treatment services must meet core standards and have a licence to operate.