Service providers are required to hold a licence under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.
This regulatory framework provides provincial oversight and standardization for residential addiction treatment services in Alberta, ensuring that Albertans receive safe, quality care and consumer protections.
- requires licensing
- ensures service providers meet core requirements such as policy and procedures for:
- consent to services
- service contracts
- incident prevention and response
- critical incident reporting
- record creation, maintenance and retention
- gives government authority to address complaints and concerns and to amend, suspend or cancel a service provider's operating licence
Licensed service providers
Find a licensed residential addiction treatment service provider in your area.
Service providers are required to post their licence in their facility where it can be easily seen by the public, and on their website, if applicable.
Providers of residential addiction treatment services must meet core requirements and be licensed by the Alberta government – contact us.
Complaints or concerns
If you have a concern about possible abuse, please contact the Provincial Abuse Line at 1-855-4HELPAB (443-5722).
All licensed residential addiction treatment service providers in the province are required to have a complaint process.
If you have concerns about the treatment or services you or someone else is receiving from a residential addiction treatment service provider, contact the service provider first.
If your concern or complaint is still unresolved, contact us if it is about:
- Mental Health Services Protection Act or Mental Health Services Protection Regulation requirements not being followed
- an unlicensed service provider offering or providing residential addiction treatment services
When you contact us:
- a complaints officer will collect the necessary details to follow up on your concern – have as much of the following information available as possible:
- name and address (including municipality) of the facility or service provider
- a brief summary of your concern or complaint and when it occurred
- names, titles and contact numbers of people you have spoken to about your concern or complaint (for example, the manager, senior manager or board member) and their involvement in trying to resolve it
- we will assess the risks associated with your complaint, and may conduct an investigation or contact other relevant authorities, or both, as required
- you will receive a follow up letter with the outcome of your complaint
- we will make every effort to protect your identity
- Personal and health information is managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Act.
Apply for a licence
If you plan to start offering or providing residential addiction treatment services, contact us to begin the licensing process.
If you disagree with a decision made by Compliance and Monitoring regarding a residential addiction treatment service provider licence, you may be able to appeal it. Appeals are managed by the Appeals Secretariat, a neutral government office that operates separately from Compliance and Monitoring.
Forms and guides
- Getting Started: Licensing for Residential Addiction Treatment Service Providers will help you understand the licensing requirements and the application process.
- Complete the Residential Addiction Treatment Service Provider Licence Application Form to apply for a licence.
PDF form issues
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- Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
- Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.
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Licensed residential addiction treatment service providers must report to Alberta Health any serious injury or death that occurs in relation to the provision of services. They must also report any situation that may be injurious to the safety or health of clients or that may jeopardize the service provider’s ability to provide services.
- Use the decision process document to determine if an incident is reportable and whether it is a critical incident or a duty to notify.
- Complete the Duty to Notify, Critical Incident Report Form
Albertans can share their concerns about a licensed service provider through the complaints and concerns process noted above.
Connect with Compliance and Monitoring:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8740 for questions about provider licensing
Phone: 780-422-4703 to speak with a complaints officer about concerns regarding services
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-990-0152 (Secure)
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Addiction and Mental Health Compliance and Monitoring
Telus House, 13th floor
10020 100 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0J3
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