Safe Directions consists of five programs offering immediate intervention and help for youth in dire need as they are at serious risk of harming themselves or others. These children enter our services either voluntarily or are court-mandated depending upon the specific program as described below:
• Protection of Children Abusing Drugs (PChAD) provides a confined court-ordered and monitored service to youth abusing or addicted to drugs and alcohol.
• The Recovery, Stabilization and Detox program assists youth struggling with substance abuse and or mental health challenges who voluntarily seek help.
• Secure Services provides a confined court-ordered and monitored service under the Child and Family Enhancement Act that assesses and stabilizes youth with suicidal tendencies, violent behaviours and dangerous lifestyles, which present an imminent risk to themselves or others.
• Reflections provides a confined court-ordered and monitored service for youth who are being sexually exploited or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
• Stepping Stones is a transitional program for youth no longer requiring a confined setting but still in need of further stabilization, assessment, or requiring a more extended transitional period.
Please Note: Parents and/or legal guardians of young people involved in drug and alcohol use are encouraged to contact Youth Addiction Services of Alberta Health Services at 403-297-4664 for more information regarding the PChAD and Voluntary Detox Programs. Please Note: Parents and/or legal guardians interested in accessing either Secure Services or the Reflections Program are first encouraged to contact their local Child and Family Services office for more information.