We know many people experience difficulties related to substance use, but do not access services for various reasons including fear of being judged. At Addictions and Mental Health Services – Hastings Prince Edward, we recognize how difficult it can be to access services and we want to eliminate these barriers and help you achieve your goals. Throughout Hastings and Prince Edward, our Addictions Counsellors provide services including: staged screening and assessment, treatment planning, referrals, lifestyle and personal counselling and relapse prevention.
Family, friends and caregivers concerned about someone else’s substance use can call AMHS-HPE for information and referrals for further assistance.
Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) Program
What is it?
The ASH program is a Regional Addictions Program with housing supports that is managed by Addictions and Mental Health Services – Hastings Prince Edward.
The program is designed to help individuals with problematic substance use that are having trouble obtaining/maintaining housing and seeking support to make positive changes in their life.
The ASH Program is not an emergency housing program and there is limited availability.
Securing and maintaining safe stable housing is an essential part of this treatment program. To assist with this, a rental supplement is provided for variable time periods based on established need.
The program holds: 16 subsidies in Hastings/Prince Edward County; 16 subsidies in Kingston/Frontenac/Lennox & Addington; and 16 subsidies in Lanark/Leeds & Grenville.
Addictions Case Management Services
This is the focus of the program and consists of a full range of services to support individuals and is provided in the community and location of choice.
The Addictions Case Manager assists individuals to first stabilize their situation. Identifying their substance use goals and treatment goals are part of the treatment planning process. Later work focuses on harm reduction, developing skills in daily living, developing coping strategies and relapse prevention. Ongoing screening, assessment, monitoring, referral, advocacy, counselling, education and life skills training are provided.
Is this program for me?
Eligibility requirements include persons with problematic substance use who:
- Are involved in or completed an addiction treatment program;
- Have a history of multiple entries in the treatment continuum;
- Are homeless, at risk of being homeless or inadequately housed (current & historical record);
- Are unable to obtain or maintain housing without support;
- Have a willingness to identify harm reduction or abstinence substance use goal(s);
- Have the capability and willingness to constructively participate in the ASH Program.
How to make a referral?
Individuals currently involved with Addictions and Mental Health Services in HPE, KFLA or LLG should discuss their interest in referral to the program with their worker.
Referrals from other sources may contact AMHS-HPE to discuss the program and obtain a referral form.
What happens next?
Once a referral is received, it will be screened to ensure that primary eligibility requirements are met. An ASH Worker will contact the referral agent and/or decide to meet with the individual to discuss the program and to confirm the applicant meets other identified admission criteria, and ensure appropriateness of the individual/program match.
“The first thing the ASH Program helped me with was housing, I find it hard to work on any type of goal when homeless. Then they continue to show up, and encourage me not to give up. They help me to help myself! Who couldn’t use a few more people like that in their life?”