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For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), visit ahs.ca/covid .


  
  

A Gift of Hope - Community Mental Health

​Community Mental Health in Medicine Hat offers the following support groups at their office at the Provincial Building (346 - 3rd St SE - use the 2nd street entrance). They run from 11am - 12pm and are drop in on Mondays & Wednesdays. Call 403-529-3500 for more information. 

*The Gift of Hope group is currently postponed until further notice*

ABLE - Adult Basic Literacy Education

ABLE offers Adult Education on following topics: Reading, Writing, English as a Second Language, Math and Numeracy, Basic Computer Skills, Employment and Personal Growth.  

Medicine Hat: 403-504-3619

Medicine Hat Programs


Brooks: 403-362-1685

Brooks Programs

ACT Medical Centre Medicine Hat

​Methadone & Misspelled WordMisspelled WordSuboxone Program

Patients are encouraged to self refer or a physician can call or fax over patient details.

Phone 403-504-1874

Fax 403-504-5038

Addiction & Mental Health - Adult Services

Addiction counselors and mental health therapists provide treatment for addictions and/or mental illness in a welcoming, client centered atmosphere. Treatment may include individual, family and group as well as consultation and/or referral to your community supports and providers.

Individuals can self-refer, but referrals can also come from medical professionals and community based agencies ( a phone call or doctors note)


Medicine Hat:

Services can be accessed by phoning or walking in, Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00am to 7:15pm and Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Medicine Hat Phone: 403-529-3500 

1-866-332-2322 (24 Hour Help Line)

Addictions and Mental Health Referral Form - Medicine Hat


Brooks:

Services can be accessed by phoning or walking in, Mondays to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Brooks Addictions Phone: 403-362-1265

Brooks Mental Health Phone: 403-793-6655
1-866-332-2322 (24 Hour Help Line)


In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital or Brooks Health Centre, or call Health Link at 811.

Addiction & Mental Health Mobile Application Directory (2018)

This directory provides a list of mobile applications (apps) related to mental health and addiction. It is applicable to all health care professionals, researchers, and community members. 

Addictions and Mental Health Mobile Application Directory 2018

Addictions & Mental Health - Child, Youth, Family & Prevention Services (Medicine Hat)

Offers free services to children, youth and families. Services are offered in individual, family and group settings. Located in the Provincial Building in Medicine Hat - Room 1, 346 3 St SE, Medicine Hat, AB


Services Offered:

-Addiction prevention and mental health promotion including information, education and community collaboration

-Protection against Children Abusing Drugs Act Program (PChAD)

-The PAS Program is a 6 week coordinated academic and therapeutic program for youth in grades 7 to 12. Referrals are completed through school administrators and may be initiated by the parent/guardian

-School-based services whish are completed in the child's school setting. Referrals are made through school staff and may be initiated by the parent/guardian

-Tobacco information, education and cessation including support groups

Services can be accessed by calling 403-529-3582 - option 1 or walking in, Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00am-7:15pm and Fridays from 8:00am-4:30pm.

In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, or call HealthLink at 811.

Child and Youth Brochure.pdf


The AHS Provincial Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Team is pleased to announce the release of the Teen Self-Management for Depression & Anxiety Booklet. This booklet provides evidence-based information and age-appropriate activities (youth ages 13-18) which service providers, parents or caregivers, and youth can use to help manage depression and anxiety as well as support positive mental health and resilience. 

Teen Self-Management for Depression and Anxiety Booklet.pdf

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services Medicine Hat

Addictions & Mental Health Outreach Services, located in the RCC Building at 631 Prospect Drive SW (behind the hospital). Offers programming, services and treatment to promote and encourage positive lifestyles and improved quality of life, though an inclusive, client centered, harm reduction approach. 


Community Support program:  Community based support for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal is to promote wellness, encourage and foster independence, build client capacity, and improve quality of life in the community by providing assistance consistent with clients' abilities, goals and available resources.  

Recreation Program: To offer support to individuals with a mental illness and/or addiction. The primary goal of the Recreation Program is to help individuals improve/maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, increase social connections, and promote interactions while improving functioning and independence. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group: Is a 16 week group program that focuses on providing tools for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction to improve their life. DBT Group runs twice a year, starting January and September. 

Depot Clinic: Provides administration of long acting injectable antipsychotic medication and monitoring in clinic for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addition. 

Seniors Addiction and Mental Health Therapy Program: Provides 1:1 therapy for individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction. This program fosters engagement, enhanced motivation and improved health by providing community based recovery-oriented therapy for individuals 65+ 

The 10 Keys to Happiness Group: Is for individuals living with mental illness and/or addiction without active delusions, psychosis or mania, who are settled with no disruptive behavior and have the cognitive capacity to participate appropriately in a group setting. Participants are willing and able to attend the group for 1 hour once a week for 10 weeks and not be under the influence of substance during the group. The groups are held on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and require an intake prior to attending. 


Call 403-502-8617 for more information. 

Fax: 403-502-8618

Please use the below referral form when referring or clients. Clients can walk in or phone to self refer. (No self referral for the Depot Clinic) 

Outreach Services Referral Form.pdf

Addictions Hotline

​Addictions Hotline 1-866-332-2322

Free confidential service that provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services. This hotline is available 24/7 for all Albertans.  

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry - Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (5 North)

Provides a safe environment and care to adults with a range of mental illnesses and with concurrent substance abuse challenges whose mental illnesses need immediate stabilization. Following stabilization, patients are prepared for discharge and transition to the community with referrals for follow-up with appropriate community addiction and mental health medical and social services as required.

Referral required by physician or psychiatrist.
Immediate access for involuntary patients, 0-14      
days for non-acute cases.
 
Phone 403-529-8825
Fax 403-528-5608


Adult Rehabilitation and Geriatric Assessment Unit (2 North)

​Geriatric Assessment provides an integrated assessment from a multi-disciplinary team. During the assessment period the patient, family and each member of the inter-disciplinary team will contribute to the overall review of the patient's needs.

 

Referral required by physician - this service is not available to everyone - call for more information.

 

Phone 403-529-8862

Fax 403-528-5610

AgeCare Orchard Manor - Brooks

​AgeCare Orchard Manor Retirement Community is located in Brooks, Alberta and offers all the benefits of a retirement living and seniors care in a community environment where making friends is easy, and living is truly worry-free.

Services provided:
-3 delicious meals planned by our Executive Red Seal Chef plus coffee, tea and snacks; served in the comfort of our dining room
-Weekly housecleaning, plus laundry service for sheets and towels
-Professional maintenance – inside and out
-Daily social and recreational activities, including scheduled outings and spiritual services
-Utilities; heat, electricity, water, air conditioning, and garbage disposal
-Resident and visitor parking
-Monthly church services


Call 403-362-6188

 

AgeCare Sunrise Gardens - Brooks

AgeCare Sunrise Gardens is a Supportive Living community that provides seniors with a home where they can enjoy privacy and independence with the comfort of knowing health and personal supports are on site, 24 hours a day, when you need them.

We also offer Supportive Living Dementia care and programming designed for seniors with varying levels of dementia and memory difficulties (including Alzheimer’s) in a safe, secure, home-like setting.

To get more information on seniors living options or to request an assessment you can: Contact your local Home Care Program, or
Talk to your family doctor, or Call HEALTHLink Alberta - 811


Phone: 403-794-2105


AgeCare Sunrise Gardens Adult Day Program - $10/day, partially covered by AHS.

Program Offers:
- Holistic approach to encompass the needs of the client, family, and caregivers
- Recreation and socialization programs such as trivia, word games, reminiscing, crafts, movies, music, baking, current events discussions, board and card games
- Educational programs for you and your family
- Exercise
- Hairdressing, by appointment
- Nutritious lunch and snacks prepared by professional food services staff under the guidance of a registered dietitian
- Medication assistance


For more information on how to join our Adult Day Program, call 403-794-2111
- Admission to the program is through Alberta Health Services, Home Care.
- A referral is necessary to establish suitability for the program.
- Transportation is the responsibility of the client or family.
- Fee is $10/day, not including costs associated with salon appointments and community outings.



AHS Cancer Guidelines

​The Guideline Resource Unit (GURU) coordinates the development of guidelines for cancer treatment and follow-up care in collaboration with the thirteen Provincial Tumour Teams (PTT) in Alberta.

AHS Collection Sites & Diagnostic Labs

Medicine Hat and Brooks Online Booking: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page15542.aspx

Medicine Hat – Main Lab

#2, 44 Carry Drive SE
Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 4E1
Phone: 403-502-8638

Toll Free: 1-866-232-4732

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm

Saturdays 8:15am – 4:00pm 

 

Medicine Hat Hospital - Outpatient Lab

666 - 5th St SW
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 4H6
Phone: 403-529-8830

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm


Brooks Lab - Patient Collection Site 

500 Cassils Rd E
Brooks, AB T1R 1M6
Phone: 403-794-2500

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm


Brooks Health Centre

440 3rd St E
Brooks, AB T1R 0G5
Phone: 403-501-3230

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm


Bow Island Health Centre

938 Centre Street
Bow Island, AB T0K 0G0
Phone: 403-545-3209

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:15pm


Big Country Hospital 

312 3 St E
Oyen, AB T0J 2J0
Phone: 403-664-4311

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm


AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped)

​The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides financial and health-related assistance to eligible adults with a disability. The disability must be permanent and substantially limit the person’s ability to earn a living. AISH clients may also be eligible to receive supplemental assistance (a child benefit and personal benefits) through the AISH program.

AISH Eligibility

Applying for AISH

Call 403-529-3550

 

AJ's Loan Cupboard

A private, charitable socierty that loans out various types of medical equipment to residents in the community. ​


Provide medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, electric beds, lift chairs, crutches, commodes, bath chairs, canes, super poles, bath lifts, specialty items, and much more. AJ's also has specially sized equipment for children.


Free of charge for as long as you need it in Medicine Hat and surrounding communities.

 

Call 403-580-5580

Al-Anon Family Group

​An international "fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems." The group's purpose is to "help families of alcoholics by practicing the Twelve Steps." 

Toll Free Phone: 1-888-4-ALANON (425-2666)

Medicine Hat Groups:
Monday 1:30pm @ Victory Lutheran Church
Tuesday 1:30pm @ Victory Lutheran Church
Tuesday 8:00pm @ AA Club House
Wednesday 8:00pm @ Westminster United Church
Thursday 8:00pm @ Westminster United Church
Saturday 11:00am @ Victory Lutheran Church

Call 403-527-8252 for more information regarding support groups in Medicine Hat.

 
Brooks Groups:
Thursday 7:00pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Cassils Road W)
 

Call 403-793-3337 for more information regarding support groups in Brooks.

Alberta Adult Health Benefit

​The Alberta Adult Health Benefit program supports Albertans with low income to ensure they have access to prescription drugs, dental services, optical services, emergency ambulance and diabetic supplies that are essential to health and well-being.

Help with this resource is also available through Alberta Supports 1-877-644-9992

Alberta Adult Health Benefit Application

Alberta Aids to Daily Living

​Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) assists Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, in maintaining independence in their community. AADL provides funding for basic medical equipment and supplies to meet clinically assessed needs*.

* Note: An assessment by a health care professional determines the equipment and supplies that an Albertan can receive through the AADL program.


AADL is a cost-share program. Albertans pay 25% of the benefit cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and people receiving income assistance do not pay the cost-sharing portion.



Ph Toll free in Alberta 310-0000, then 780-427-0731 

Alberta Association of Optometrists

​For adult patients of the ages 19 - 64, Alberta Health covers medically necessary optometric services.

What is considered medically necessary?

  • Monitoring for diabetes issues, glaucoma and retinal disease

  • Pre and post-operative care for cataract patients

  • Eye infections or injuries

  • Foreign objects in the eye

  • Sudden appearance of floaters, spots, or flashes of light

  • Sudden changes in vision or acute pain in the eye

  • Other visual disturbances may be covered... ask your optometrist!


To find an optometrist, please visit the website above.

Alberta Blue Cross

​If you're self-employed, working without employer benefits or retiring early, you may be without supplementary health benefit coverage. Get the extra coverage you need through an affordable Alberta Blue Cross individual health plan.

 

Phone 403-529-5553

Fax 403-527-3798

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative

The Alberta Brain Injury Initiative (ABII) supports adults with acquired brain injury to live, work, and participate in their communities. ABII is a network of agencies across the province that assist survivors and their families in accessing supports from various programs and community resources.

See our survival guide for a list of supports and resources available. Get a Survival Guide by phoning Toll Free 310-0000 then dial 780-415-2747, visit the website, or pick up at REDI.

The Brain Injury Initiative Survival Guide

Phone 403-528-2661

Fax 403-528-2647

Alberta Cancer Exercise Study

​The Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program is part of a study evaluating the benefit of Alberta-based community exercise programs for cancer survivors.


The primary goal of ACE is to help individuals who are currently receiving cancer treatment, or who have completed treatment within the last 3 years, adopt an active lifestyle. The program will be implemented in community-based exercise facilities across Alberta from 2016-2021.


To be eligible for this study you must:

-Be pre-cancer treatment, currently receiving treatment, on active surveillance, or within 3 years of treatment completion (or have persisting cancer related issues is >3 years)

-Be able to participate in low to moderate physical activity

-Be 18+ years old and able to consent in English


Medicine Hat sessions are held at the Family Leisure Centre. 2 sessions are held per year, with 12 available spots per session. If sessions become full, wait lists are available. Potential participants should be encouraged not to wait for the program to start getting active.


For more information, please call 403-525-8679.

Alberta Cancer Line

​Alberta Cancer Line (1-888-432-8865)

Avialable Monday - Friday from 8:15am - 4:30pm (excluding stat holidays)

A provincial toll-free phone number that supports physicians and other health professionals in the care of cancer patients. Assistance with accessing the right service, the right provider and current cancer information. 


Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is a provincial screening program that works to educate and increase the number of Albertans, aged 50 to 74, who have regular colorectal cancer screening using the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This is a home stool test (poop test) that finds blood in the stool. Screening is the best way to find colorectal cancer early.

Services include:
-working with healthcare providers to support Albertans aged 50 to 74 in getting colorectal cancer screening across the province.
-providing colorectal cancer screening information and education to eligible Albertans and healthcare providers.
-mailing Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) result letters (normal and abnormal results) to eligible men and women who have been screened.



Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Endoscopy Clinic:

Phone: 403-529-8816

Fax: 403-529-8015 

Colonoscopy Referral Form

Patient information website: http://screeningforlife.ca/colorectal-cancer-at-a-glance/


Alberta Gamblers Anonymous

​Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

 

Gambling Addiction Information and Treatment Hotline 1-866-332-2322

 

Support Groups:

-Mondays from 7:30-9:00pm at Gas City Kiwanis Centre, Room 5 (826 - 11th St SE - Medicine Hat)


-Canada Phone Meeting
Tuesdays @ 6:45 pm Pacific Daylight Time


Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) provides eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services, and some dental and oral surgical health services.

Your physician determines what insured services are considered medically necessary.

You must be registered with the AHCIP to receive insured hospital and physician services.

If you are not sure whether a medical service is covered, contact the AHCIP office by calling 310-0000 (in Alberta), then 780-427-1432 (open 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays). Please have your personal health number ready when you call.

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Classes & Education

***All group visits and classes have been cancelled until further notice.***


The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program. Speak to your health professional or call AHLP for more information.  
 
Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602 
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 
403-501-3327
Toll Free 1-866-795-9709
 
Please send referral to AHLP or patient can self refer.

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Please note time of classes vary slightly dependent on participant numbers and participation. Participants are welcome to bring a support person.

 
Better Choices Better Health® (2.5 hour for 6 weeks) 
Through problem solving and goal setting, participants will increase their confidence and learn new skills to better manage their health and enjoy improved quality of life. It is a peer led program that offers strategies to handle pain, fatigue, and stress as well as discovering better nutrition and exercise choices. Other topics include medication management, dealing with difficult emotions, communicating with health care teams and getting the support needed.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969, or join online at  https://betterchoicesbetterhealth.ca/online/.


MEDICINE HAT CLASSES:

NEW - Better Choices Better Health® Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop (2.5 hours for 6 weeks)
Learn to better manage daily pain challenges. Includes information about nutrition, communication, exercise, how to manage chronic pain symptoms, medication management, balancing activity and rest, and finding resources.





Manage Emotional Eating (2.5 hour for 3 weeks)
In these three classes, participants will learn more about emotional eating and what they can do to manage it. This small group session will use class discussion and materials to closely examine what influences food choices and eating behaviours. Participants will build skills and learn about tools to help you with your emotional eating, and reflect on their own emotional eating.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.




Energy Management (2 hours for 2 weeks)
In these two classes, participants will learn strategies to manage their energy/fatigue to complete what they want and need to do within the limits of their conditions. This class is for information sharing, discussion, and support for group members who are having difficulty completing daily activities due to a lack of energy.

Part One: will cover what fatigue is, causes of fatigue, strategies to cope with fatigue, and ways to better communicate to others about fatigue.

Part Two: will cover the 4Ps of energy conservation (Prioritizing, Planning, Pacing, and Positioning). It will include tools/equipment to make tasks easier, tips for modifying activities, and discussion on the challenges/perceptions around adapting daily activities.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Getting Started-(Pre-requisite for the Weight Management series) (2 hours)
This group visit is an introductory session that will help you to look at your weight and how it may affect your health. We will show you tools you can use to start making small changes in your life. We will talk about ways to measure your success beyond a scale. After this session, if you feel you are ready, you can sign up for a 10 week weight management series.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Weight Management- (Pre-requisite is Getting Started) (2.5 hours for 10 weeks) 
This program is offered as a series of group visits. In these visits we will give you tools for managing your health and weight for the rest of your life. You can use these tools to stat making small changes in your eating, activity, sleep, time, and stress patterns.




Healthy Eating to Reduce your Risk (3 hours)
This session will focus on healthy eating to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, including how to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. Participants will learn how fats, sodium, fiber as well as choosing healthy food reduce risk and protect the heart. Participants will learn how to read food labels and make healthy choices at the grocery store. Participants will leave this session with the tools to improve food choices, protect their health and enjoy healthy eating. 
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Heart CHEC (2 hours)
This interactive Cardiac Health Education Class (CHEC) is for participants who have experienced recent problems and treatment for heart disease. This class is intended to answer questions surrounding the treatment and managing of heart disease including the cardiac rehabilitation process, identifying cardiac warning signs and symptoms, medication and blood pressure management.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Living with Type 2 Diabetes (3 hours)
Participants choose the topic for discussion during this interactive group learning session. These tips and tools will help individuals develop the confidence they need to live well with diabetes. Some topics covered are medications, blood sugar testing, management of high and low blood sugars, caring for your feet, nutrition, and travelling with diabetes.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Managing Stress for Better Health and Wellness (2.5 hours for 2 weeks) 
In these two classes, participants will learn how stress is normal and important, how stress and health are linked, why it is important to manage stress in healthy ways, the importance of motivation, and strategies to control or turn down your stress response.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Moving You Towards Healthier Sleep (2.5 hours / 1 hour follow up)
This group highlights the importance of sleep and how it impacts our health and life. It focuses on lifestyle changes that a participant can make in order to improve quality and quantity of sleep despite the negative influences of modern life. In this class participants will reflect on their current sleep status and identify challenges to their sleep. They will then gain better understanding of sleep, and learn and create a tool box of realistic strategies they’re trying and further discuss individuals’ concerns with their sleep.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Be Stroke Smart (2 hours)
This class will help participants understand what a stroke is, the specific type of stroke they have had, and risk factor management to prevent further strokes. It also reviews the impact many experience when they have a stroke, and ideas for managing the changes in their home.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Taking Care of You (3 hours)
This vascular risk reduction class is great knowledge for individuals with chronic disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, PVD, TIA, stroke, and for all who are interested in learning more about prevention and/or early detection of chronic disease. The class encourages people to become better self-managers. Our teaching is based on Canadian Guideline targets. Participants are educated on the significance of these targets, and encouraged to take action to prevent, identify and or slow the progress of an existing chronic disease. Action planning and goal setting are used to help the individual move forward in a healthy lifestyle.
For more information and to register call 403-529-8969.



Explaining Pain (2.5 hours)
Do you struggle with Chronic or Long Term Pain? This class provides education and knowledge that will assist you to overcome pain and return to life.
The class focuses on:
How the nervous systems works and can impact pain. 
How your brain perceives things and how to change the perception of pain.  
Is it possible to change the nervous system?
Introduce tools & realistic expectations to help manage pain
Provide additional resources to manage pain. 




BROOKS CLASSES

Heart CHEC (2 hours)
This interactive Cardiac Health Education Class (CHEC) is for participants who have experienced recent problems and treatment for heart disease. This class is intended to answer questions surrounding the treatment and managing of heart disease including the cardiac rehabilitation process, identifying cardiac warning signs and symptoms, medication and blood pressure management.
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659




Taking Care of You (3 hours)
This vascular risk reduction class is great knowledge for individuals with chronic disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, PVD, TIA, stroke, and for all who are interested in learning more about prevention and/or early detection of chronic disease. The class encourages people to become better self-managers. Our teaching is based on Canadian Guideline targets. Participants are educated on the significance of these targets, and encouraged to take action to prevent, identify and or slow the progress of an existing chronic disease. Action planning and goal setting are used to help the individual move forward in a healthy lifestyle.
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659



Getting Started-(Pre-requisite for the Weight Management series) (2 hours)
This group visit is an introductory session that will help you to look at your weight and how it may affect your health. We will show you tools you can use to start making small changes in your life. We will talk about ways to measure your success beyond a scale. After this session, if you feel you are ready, you can sign up for a 10 week weight management series.
For more information and if you are interested in attending please call 403-793-6659.


Weight Management- (Pre-requisite is Getting Started) (2.5 hours for 10 weeks) 
This program is offered as a series of group visits. In these visits we will give you tools for managing your health and weight for the rest of your life. You can use these tools to stat making small changes in your eating, activity, sleep, time, and stress patterns.
For more information and if you are interested in attending please call 403-793-6659.



Supervised Community Exercise Program
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:30am, 9:30am, or 10:30am at the JBS Canada Centre
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659

Self-directed Home Exercise Program
Meet monthly for 3 months with Exercise Physiologist on individual basis, at the Brooks Health Centre
For more information and to register call 403-793-6659

**Please note that it is strongly recommended patients take the 'supervised exercise' route if at all possible, as high self-motivation is needed to succeed with the 'home program.'**

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Diabetes Clinic

​Diabetes Education and Treatment
Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 403-501-3327

Toll Free 1-866-795-9709

Please send referral to AHLP or patient can self refer

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Exercise Program

Both Medicine Hat & Brooks locations offer an exercise program for clients with chronic illness. Client may self refer or be referred by a physician or PCN nurse. The Medicine Hat program is 10 weeks and the Brooks program is 12 weeks. 

Includes fall prevention, balance and flexibility exercises. Please note if referral is for fall prevention. 

**Client can only take program once unless medical status changes or they have another event.

 

Medicine Hat 403-529-8969

Brooks 403-793-6659

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Healthy Living Program - Heart Function Clinic

​The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program.


Medicine Hat (Ph) 403-529-8969 (Fx) 403-528-5602
Brooks (Ph) 403-793-6659 (Fx) 403-501-3327

Toll Free 1-866-795-9709


Physician referral required. Please fax the following diagnostics with referral: Chest X-Ray, Echocardiogram, Recent ECG (1 month) & Labs (CBC, Lytes, Creatinine, Mg, Ca, Uric Acid, Lipid Profile, Liver Function Test).


Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form

Alberta Mental Health Help Line

​Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-877-303-2642

Provides 24/7  confidential, anonymous service,  crisis intervention,  information about mental health programs and services, and/or  referrals to other agencies if needed


Alberta Physical Therapy Clinic Inc.

At APTC your program to recovery will begin with the very first day of your visit. We offer a diversity of rehabilitation services for situations including sports injuries, work-related injuries, motor vehicle injuries, pre and post surgery, and pelvic health.

Our goal is to improve your quality of life by addressing the musculoskeletal and vestibular barriers that may impact you. When you work with us you will be an active participant in your therapy sessions, not a passive bystander. The experience with our team is meant to change your life, for the better.


​Services Offered:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Intramuscular Stimulation
  • WCB
  • Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)
  • Motor Vehicle Collision Rehabilitation
  • Core Stability Training
  • Concussion & Vestibular
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Golf Enhancement
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Ergonomic Assessment
  • Pre and Post Natal Exercise & Treatment
  • Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
  • Pelvic Health Treatment


Phone: 403-527-9477 or 1-877-527-9477

Fax: 403-527-8274

Email: info@aptcinc.ca 

Alberta Quits

Whether you're considering quitting smoking, or have made the decision to quit, the help you're looking for is right here! The program connects your patient, who is willing to quit, with a Cessation Counsellor at the AlbertaQuits Helpline.

Phone: 1-866-710-7848

1. Download the Fax Referral Form and have it signed by your patient indicating the best time to be called at home.

2. Fax the form to AlbertaQuits Helpline at 1-866-979-3553 for direct follow-up with your patient.

Alberta Quits Referral Form


QuitCore - Tobacco Reduction Free Support Groups run at Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Rd SE - Medicine Hat). For more information or to register call 1-866-710-7848.

Alberta Referral Directory

The Alberta Referral Directory (ARD) is Alberta Health Services’ designated system of record for referral information. The ARD eases the complexities of the referral process by eliminating the need to search, update and publish documents in multiple places throughout the province.

The directory is comprised of service and consultant demographics, referral guidelines, referral forms and detailed instructions to facilitate referral acceptance without delay.


Need help using the Alberta Referral Directory? Call 1-855-889-8899

For more information about the Alberta Referral Directory, please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page14282.aspx

To access the Alberta Referral Directory, please visit albertareferraldirectory.ca 

Alberta Seniors Benefit Program

The Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) program provides a monthly income supplement to federal income sources including Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Help with this resource is available through Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

Seniors Financial Assistance Application Form

Alberta Supports & Alberta Works

Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services for:

·         seniors

·         employment

·         homelessness

·         financial needs

·         children and youth

·         parents and families

·         people with disabilities

·         guardianship and trusteeship

·         abuse, bullying and family violence prevention


Alberta Supports can be contacted online, by phone, or by going to any Alberta Supports location:

Online application can be completed at https://myalbertasupports.humanservices.alberta.ca/CitizenPortal/application.do

Phone: 1-877-644-9992 toll-free Alberta-wide (hours of operation are 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Help is available in more than 100 languages)

Medicine Hat Alberta Job Corps: 403-529-3995 
Medicine Hat Alberta Works Centre: 403-529-3683

Brooks Alberta Works Centre: 403-362-1278 




Alberta's Virtual Opioid Dependency Program

Technology Delivered Same Day Medication Starts, Opioid Treatment Transition Service, and Ongoing Opioid Dependency Care, 7 Days Per Week.

We offer "clinical excellence" using technology to facilitate care. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, addictions counselors, social workers and professional support staff. 


Please contact VODP directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have. 
Alberta toll free: 1-844-383-7688
Fax:403-783-7610 
If you are moving to Alberta and cannot access the toll free phone line, please call 403-783-7688.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 403-527-2065

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. 


Group meetings can be open or closed. Closed meetings are for AA members only, open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous' program of recovery from alcoholism.


Support Groups: 

Find a meeting website: http://area78.org/find-a-meeting


Medicine Hat
-Sunday: 10am @ Alano Club (466 MacLeod Tr SE); 10am @ AA Central Office (1710 Gershaw Dr SW); 8pm @ AA Central Office (last Sunday of each month ONLY)
-Monday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 7pm @ Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (meet at Tim Hortons); 7pm @ AA Central Office; 8pm @ Westminster United Church (101 6 St SE)
-Tuesday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 7pm @ Bridge Church - Back Room (350 1 Ave NE); 8pm @ Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Dr SE); 8pm @ Alano Club
-Wednesday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 8pm @ AA Central Office (closed)
-Thursday: 12pm @ AA Central Office; 8pm @ AA Central Office; 8:06pm @ Alano Club
-Friday: 12pm @ Alano Club; 8pm AA Central Office
-Saturday: 10am @ AA Central Office; 2pm @ AA Central Office; 7pm @ AA Central Office 

Redcliff

-Thursday: 7pm @ Gordon Memorial United Church - Basement (401 2 Street SE, Redcliff)


Brooks
-Thursday: 8pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church (811 Cassils Road W)
-Saturday: 8pm @ Brooks United Church (507 3rd Avenue W)

Allowance for People Aged 60 to 64

​​The Allowance is a benefit available to low-income individuals aged 60 to 64 who are the spouse or common-law partner of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) recipient.

You qualify for the Allowance if you meet all of the following conditions:

-you are aged 60 to 64 (includes the month of your 65th birthday);
-your spouse or common-law partner receives an Old Age Security pension (OAS) and is eligible for the GIS;
-you are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident;
-you reside in Canada and have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18; and
-you and your spouse or common-law partner’s annual combined income is less than the maximum allowable annual threshold.



You should apply for the Allowance 6 to 11 months before your 60th birthday. You must apply in writing for the Allowance. Complete and mail the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Statement of Income for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor application form (ISP-3025) for the payment year that applies to you along with the Application for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor form (ISP-3008). You will find these forms on the Old Age Security forms page.

Allowance Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Instructions

Allowance for the Survivor

​​The Allowance for the Survivor is a benefit available to people who have a low income, who are living in Canada, and whose spouse or common-law partner is deceased. 

Allowance Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Instructions

Alzheimer Society

​Caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease is a commendable and busy undertaking. Support groups provide an informal setting where you can: rejuvenate, learn new information, and share with others experiencing similar situations.

The Alzheimer Society has a new program called First Link a referral program designed to help newly diagnosed people with dementia get the help they need as soon as possible. See their website for more information. Referral form is below; fax or email referral forms. 

First Link Referral Form

Medicine Hat phone 403-528-2700

Toll-free Fax: 1-877-788-5993

Email: firstlink@alzheimer.ab.ca


Care Partners Support Groups (for family and friends of those living with dementia)

- Alzheimer Society Office in the Medical Arts Building - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm

-Veiner Centre - 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00am


AMA - Mature Driver Course

Our refresher course for senior drivers helps experienced drivers stay safe on the road for as long as possible. This in-class course encourages group discussion about the changes and new technologies in driving, and how age can impact driving skills.

Medicine Hat:  403-527-6271 or 1-833-374-8733

Angel Dust Healing - Belinda Deis

​Well-being Consultant offering grief and bereavement workshops.

Medicine Hat: 403-527-0345

Asthma Society of Canada

​The goal of the society is to provide you with the latest knowledge. After all, the more you know about asthma, the better you can control it.

Phone: 1-866-787-4050

Aztek Security Medical Alert Services (Brooks)

​Medical Alert Services to help people live safely and independently. Services offered include In-Home Medical Alert services, In-Home Fall Detection services, as well as inactivity monitoring and additional emergency buttons.

Call 403-362-6412 for a FREE Consultation & Estimate

Bassano Pioneer Damsiter - Drop in Centre

​The Pioneer Damsiters Drop-In Centre in Bassano is a wonderful gathering place for seniors. The facility is a Town owned, volunteer operated facility. Activities that take place on a regular basis in the Drop-In Centre are bingos, luncheons, card parties and socials. Membership $10.00 per person yearly and new members are always welcome!

Call 403-641-4072 for more information


Damsiters Drop In Centre Brochure.pdf

BCIS - Brooks and County Immigration Services

BCIS is a not-for-profit organization, which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers. It is a project of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.


Programs offered:

-Newcomers outreach

-Orientation, information and referrals

-Emergency interpretation and translation

-Supportive counselling

-Employment readiness

-Ethnocultural collaboration

-Enhancing supportive communities


BCIS employees speak the following languages:

Acholie, Arabic, English, French, Luganda, Oromo, Punjabi, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdo


Phone: 403-362-0404

Address: Bay 2 - 500 Cassils Rd. East, Brooks, AB 

Email: info@bcis-brooks.ca 


Be Youth Centre

Provides a fun and safe environment that welcomes all youth aged 11-17.  T he Be Yout h Centre  gives Medicine Hat youth the opportunity to try something new , meet frien ds and participate in the community all while enjoying social-recreational activities. 

Supper Program
Our Supper Program is offered twice a week and Brunch is offered on Saturdays.
This program encourages youth to become active in the kitchen while learning how how prepare healthy meals from a variety of ingredients.
While this is a youth and staff favorite we couldn't do it without our community partners. If you are interested  in supporting our supper program please contact our office.

Outreach Program
Our Outreach Program is funded by Alberta Health Services. Clients are referred to us through their team which pairs higher risk youth with our outreach staff members for one on one resiliency support and mentorship.  Each youth enters the program for a minimum of three months and are assessed on a case by case basis until completion. 


102-1201 Kingsway Ave SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2

Email: info@beyouth.ca
Phone: 403-528-8068


Being Human Services & Workplace Integration for Newcomers Program

At Being Human Services, we can assist you to find the services, information and support that you need to help yourself or someone that you care about find employment or corporate training.

Through training, coaching, supporting, and through connecting employers to employees, we help people ''be better and do better''. Let us help you to succeed

Phone: 403-580-3338


Workplace Integration for Newcomers (WIN) Program:
This program assists new Canadians with employment readiness and language supports to develop connections to Canadian workplaces. It includes 12 weeks of part time training (1-1 and group workshops).


Big Country Hospital - Continuing Care Services (Oyen)

Located in Oyen. Offers 24/7 care for people who have long-term health concerns. Also provides day programs for people living in the community.

Provides care for people with long-term health concerns. In addition to 24 / 7 residential nursing care, this service offers:
-physical, occupational, or recreational therapy
-pharmacy, podiatry, social work, or pastoral counselling services

Also offers services for clients who live in the community, including:
-respite
-day programs


Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Contact Access and Placement to arrange for an assessment.

Oyen phone: 403-664-4300

Blair, Gripp, Stubbs, and Associates Radiology

Assist in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals by providing high quality diagnostic images in a timely manner.

 

MRI services are now available at the Medicine Hat site, exams are $650 for one body part and $1050 for 2 body parts.

 

Pain Management Injections services are now available at the Medicine Hat site.

 

MEDICINE HAT SITE

Phone 403 527-7334      

Fax 403 527-9148     

 

BROOKS SITE

Phone 403 794-4330                      

Fax 403 794-4339


BGSA Radiology Requisitions/Referral Forms

 

Pain Management Medication Info

Brain Injury Relearning Services (BIRS)

BIRS supports people who have an acquired brain injury which could include any non-progressive brain injury caused by a stroke, a concussion, or a severe traumatic brain injury from a fall, an assault, or a motor vehicle collision.

BIRS works in conjunction with the person's Doctors, Home Care or Stroke team and all other service providers who are involved in the persons recovery to develop a plan that is based on the Survivor's goals and desires.

Types of service provided:
-The Cognitive Program
-Outreach Services
-Injury Prevention

There is no cost to participants. 

Eligibility for service is a medically diagnosed brain injury. The severity of the persons brain injury does not determine eligibility. Services are available for people who have a mild concussion to a severe traumatic brain injury. Referrals can be received from a variety of sources including, self referrals, medical and non-medical facilities, and community members. Referrals can be done at the BIRS office or by calling 403-528-2661. Referrals can also be faxed to 403-528-2647.

Phone: 403-528-2661
Fax: 403-528-2647




Bridges Family Programs

A variety of programs and services for families living in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Oyen and surrounding areas.

These programs include:

Best Babies - Home visitation services for pregnant moms and moms with infants up to 9 months

Building Blocks - Home visitation services for families who have children 0 - 6 years old

Bridges - Services to individuals who are expecting a child or have children under the age of 18 years

FASD Assessment & Support Services (FASS) - Consultations for families who have children under the age of 18 and who have or are suspected of having FASD

First Steps - Home visitation services to moms who are pregnant or who have a baby under 6 months and have used alcohol or other substances during pregnancy

 

Medicine Hat: 403-526-7473 (All Programs)

Brooks: 403-501-3862 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Bow Island: 403-545-6911  (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Oyen: 403-526-7473 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)

Brooks Addiction and Mental Health Community Services

The Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic is located within the Brooks Health Centre at 440 3 Street E, Brooks, Alberta.


Assessment and treatment will include learning about your past history, present situation, and identifying your goals. The counsellor will talk with you about the different treatment options, including counselling to help you reach your goals. Your counsellor will help you choose goals and strategies, make suggestions, and review your progress with you.


A children's counsellor is also available by appointment, to see ages 5 and up.


Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Self referrals accepted.

In cases of emergency/crisis, please visit the emergency department at the Brooks Health Centre.


Hours are Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm (Closed from 12:00pm - 12:45pm)

Phone: 403-793-6655



10 Keys to Happiness - for individuals who experience mental health, addiction or chronic illness concerns and would like to learn about the 10 keys to happier living. This group meets every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30pm at the Brooks Health Centre in the Outpatient Conference room near Living Healthy. To attend this support group patients must be connected to the Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic, for more information please call (403)793-6655.

 

Common Grounds Coffee Time - Come visit, meet new people, enjoy recreational activities and participate in learning activities focused on improving your mental health. This group meets every Tuesday from 1 - 3pm at The Leisure Centre. To attend this support group patients must be connected to the Brooks Community Mental Health Clinic, for more information please call  (403)793-6655.


Anxiety & Depression Learning Series - For individuals looking to obtain information on managing anxiety and depression. This series consists of 6 rotating presentations that cover topics such as assertiveness, self-talk, and lifestyle changes. This group meets every Monday from 12:00 - 1:00pm at the Brooks Health Centre in the Outpatient Conference Room near Healthy Living. There is no referral needed to attend this group; if you would like more information please call (403) 793-6655. 

Brooks & District Seniors Outreach Society

​Provides meaningful programs to seniors that promote a healthy lifestyle and allow them to enjoy their lives and remain independent for as long as possible.

Organizes Meals on Wheels and Seniors House Cleaning - attached are application forms.

Home Cleaning Services Assessment Form.pdf

Meals on Wheels Assessment Form.pdf

Brooks call 403-362-4131 or email seniors.outreach@telus.net

Brooks Health Centre - Continuing Care Services

Offers 24/7 care for people who have long-term health concerns. Also provides day programs for people living in the community.

Provides care for people with long-term health concerns. In addition to 24 / 7 residential nursing care, this service offers:
-physical, occupational, or recreational therapy
-pharmacy, podiatry, social work, or pastoral counselling services

Also offers services for clients who live in the community, including:
-respite
-day programs


Call 403-501-3200

Fax 403-501-3223

Brooks Helping Hands Caregiving Limited

Private Respite and Caregiving in Brooks, AB

Tammy Fowler provides private homecare for those caregivers that need a break. Please call in advance for more information about services.
                     
Phone: 403-362-5117
Cell: 403-633-0547

Brooks Physiotherapy - Community & Outpatients (AHS)

Located within the Brooks Health Centre. Physiotherapy services provided for people with physical challenges, movement disorders and/or health issues that affect their ability to function and carry out their everyday activities.


Rehabilitation service for patients who have recently been discharged from hospital or are recovering from surgery.

Provides:
-assessment
-evaluation
-treatment
-education
-health promotion
-consultation

Eligibility
-Outpatient services provided to adults without third party payer coverage and children with orthopedic conditions.
-Inpatient services provided to patients with cardio-respiratory, orthopedic and/or neurological conditions.
-Community services provided to patients who need home assessment or who can't come to the clinic.


Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


Fees
-There is no fee for assessment and treatment, but the client may be billed for therapeutic supplies.



Phone: 403-501-3234

Brooks Regional Transportation Service

Weekly transportation service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for residents of the Brooks Region to Medicine Hat (statutory holidays are excluded). Priority will be given to individuals in need of medical services within Medicine Hat. Applications must be submitted and approved prior to using the service (see below for application).

Bus leaves and arrives at the JBS Canada Centre located at 323 1st Street East, Brooks, AB (main entrance to the facility). Bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Brooks to Medicine Hat, and leaves Medicine Hat at 3:00 p.m. arriving in Brooks at or around 4:00 p.m.


Cost for a one-way trip is $10, and a round trip is $20. For questions or to book the service, please contact 403-362-6190.


(Application forms also available online through the City of Brooks or the County of Newell websites, or can be picked up at the City of Brooks Firehall or City Hall)

Bullying Help Line

Connect with helplines if you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or abuse.We are a free, confidential support service who speak to thousands of young people every day - you are not alone. Talk to us - we can help you with whatever you're going through.

Call 1-888-456-2323 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages or find other supports, or visit the online chat to get help anonymously from noon to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Caleo Health (Calgary)

Caleo Health provides a variety of multidisciplinary; health, pain, wellness, rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal services within a  patient centred environment.  We strive to provide quality, expert, and innovative care while holding all our providers to the highest of standards.

See website for more details.

Click Here to Access Referral Forms


Phone: 403.452.0999

Fax: 403.452.0995

Calgary COPD & Asthma Program

The Calgary COPD and Asthma Program is an Alberta Health Services program.  We are a team of certified respiratory educators and respirologists.  We strive to be a leading centre in Canada working with patients and other health care professionals in treating asthma, COPD, tobacco reduction and chronic cough.  


Family physicians, Emergency Department staff or other health care professionals can complete our referral to our program.  A health care professional referral typically includes breathing tests, education or further assessment by a lung specialist (respirologist).





Phone: 403-944-8742 (Booking Office)

Fax: 403-476-7772

Canabo Medical Clinic (Calgary)

​Canabo Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is at the forefront of patient care in the field of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana. Through the use of these therapies, CMClinic treats the needs of patients suffering from chronic pain and disabling illnesses. CMClinic is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, educating patients, physicians and the community and advancing research in the medical marijuana field.

 

Referrals to the Calgary location can be made by Family Doctors, Specialists or Nurse Practitioners.  

Western Canada Referral Form

Toll-free Phone: 1-888-282-7763

Fax: 1-844-320-9652

Canadian Cancer Society

​The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Phone number: 1-888-939-3333

Canadian Lung Association

The Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. We do this by funding vital research, pushing for improved treatments, smarter policies, or supporting patients in managing their health.

For answers to your questions about lung diseases, air quality, smoking, and other lung health matters, call us toll-free to speak to a certified respiratory educator: 1-866-717-2673

To connect with your local office, call toll-free: 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) 

Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Southeast Region

​Mental Health Education, Youth Support Worker, Sexual Assault Education, Suicide Prevention Program, Support Groups


 
Whisper of Wellness Peer Support Group (WOW)
A group for people living with mental health issues. This is an open group, which means you can join at any time and are not required to attend every meeting. WOW provides opportunities to learn more about coping with mental health issues while meeting people who have similar experiences.
Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30pm at the CMHA office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Cost: FREE. 

Caregiver Connections Drop-in Support Group
This drop-in peer-to-peer family support group is for parents and/or caregivers of children or young adults experiencing a mental health concern or addiction. This program offers compassionate support from a peer, who has "been there" as well as a CMHA staff member. Specific information and resources will be shares which will assist you in your care-giving while maintaining your own mental health. 
Drop-in Group: Thursdays from 3-5pm at the Medicine Hat Public Library Legion room.
Closed Group: Dates TBA. Call 403-504-1811, ext 106 for more information
Cost: FREE


Hope & Healing After Suicide Support Group
Losing a loved one to suicide can often leave us feeling confused, angry and alone. This 9 week support group provides an opportunity to explore and share feelings with others who have also experienced a loss due to suicide.
For more information or to find out the next session dates, call  403-504-1811, ext 102 or bmellen@cmha-aser.ca
Next session: February 11 - March 31, 2020 (every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30-8:30pm). 
Cost: $15.00 


Living Life To The Full
Want to know how to feel better right now? Sleep better, feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, get out more, enjoy better relationships, help others - learn all that in 8 enjoyable 90 minute sessions. Visit www.llttf.ca to find out more. 
For more information call 403-504-1811, ext 106.
Next session: January 23 to March 12, 2020 from 6-8pm at the CMHA Office (204 1865 Dunmore Rd SE).
Cost: $60.00 (subsidies available)

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Our dedicated specialists provide a wide range of programs and services Canadians need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.  

We can help with vision loss rehabilitation, emotional support, programs to help you stay active and independent, or the chance to connect with others who are living with sight loss.  

The CNIB hosts an informal support group at the Medicine Hat Public Library the 3rd Thursday of the month (not in July or Aug) starting around 1pm. Transportation can be provided; please call 403-527-2211 to arrange.


Specialized Technical Equipment Program (STEP)

STEP provides assistive technology for home use to Albertans with significant vision loss. 

The program requires you to contribute 25 per cent of the cost of any equipment you receive, up to a maximum of $500, unless you are low income or receiving assistance.

To be eligible for STEP, you must be registered with CNIB, a resident of Alberta, be covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, and unable to obtain funding from another source. Degree of vision loss is also a factor; we must have a copy of your current eye report.

Please note:

If you are deafblind, there is specialized equipment available to you. Applicants seeking to replace or duplicate working equipment they already own are not eligible. Application deadlines are May 31, September 30, and January 15.​

For more information about this program, please see the STEP Program Manual.


Canadian Red Cross Society (Health Equipment Loan Program)

​Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program

Health Equipment Loan Program - Referral Form

24 Hour Helpline: 1-888-800-6493

Medicine Hat Phone :403-526-3048 

Fax: 403-529-0540


Canalta Centre Walking Track

​Walk the Canalta Centre concourse for FREE. Each lap is .27KM (4 laps = 1.08KM) and 5.9 laps = 1 Mile).

  • Please come through the front entrance and sign-in and out with the Box Office on your visit.

  • Walking will be allowed on the main concourse level only. The lower level and stairs are off limits.

  • For your safety, daytime hours are for walking only.

 

OPEN:
Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
*Closed on weekends, event days, Tigers game days, janitorial cleanup and/or maintenance days.

See website for available walking days.

Cancer and Work

​The Cancer and Work website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing work or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer. The website provides newly created information, resources, and interactive tools for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, employers, and highlights helpful information from across the globe.

Cancer Bridges

​This website assist Alberta cancer survivors with the information and resources they need to make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.

Cancer Patient Navigation

Support is provided by Registered Nurses who explain treatments, tests, and choices so cancer patients can prepare for visits and by improving the coordination of care.


This service supports clients and their families by:

-providing accurate information for patients so they can make informed decisions about their next steps
-helping patients prepare for tests and cancer treatments by explaining test results and treatment choices or by referring patients to other resources or services
-improving coordination of care by working with other healthcare providers
-helping patients prepare for medical visits by explaining ahead of time what to expect
-helping patients access financial resources and community supports


Cantara House (Brooks Alberta Safe Shelter)

​Offers services for men, women or families in or exposed to abusive relationships; for others who are concerned about someone, and for anyone wanting a better understanding of abusive relationships.

Cantara Outreach Information

24 Hour Crisis Line 403-793-2232 (Walk-in appointments also available)

Admin 403-362-2766

Fax 403-793-8288


Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta

​Southeast Alberta Caregivers have come together to support those who care for loved ones, friends or family members on a regular basis.

For the summer we're going to meet at Veteran's Park downtown - across from City Hall.  (The "train park").  Bring your chair and some water.  If it rains, there's a bandshell there to keep us dry.  

Caring Feet

​Mobile Foot Care in Medicine Hat


Mobile foot care business locally owned by Elisabeth Scherger LPN, certified Foot Care Nurse. Helping diabetics and those in need of medical pedicures


Call 403-581-6040 for more information or to book an appointment. 

Caring Hearts & Direct Link

​Caring Hearts is more than an in-home health care agency. We are your extended family when family can’t be there. We offer compassionate in-home care assistance and will work with you to provide exceptional support for you and your family.

 

Senior Care, Care for New Moms, Recuperative Care, Hospital Discharge Package and much more. See their website for more information or call for an no-obligation consultation.


Direct Link is an exclusive medical alert system that can provide individuals with a 24-hour personal emergency response system (PERS), fall sensor, automated medication dispenser, and vital signs monitoring units.

Medicine Hat & Brooks call 403-548-6900

CBI Health Centre - Medicine Hat

Professional and supportive staff provide a patient-centered approach to rehabilitation to improve clients' overall health and well-being in a positive and motivating environment.


Physiotherapy & Mental Health services available:

  • Acupuncture/IMS
  • Disability Management
  • Health and Safety Consulting
  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Kinesiology
  • MVA Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pre/Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Psychology
  • Return to Work Planning


Referral to be completed by phone, on the website, or via e-mail at medicinehat@cbi.ca

Phone: 403-529-0999

Fax: 403-527-7101

Champion's Centre - Medicine Hat & Brooks

The Champion Centre is a Christian Charitable organization that serves the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless and lonely in the communities of Medicine Hat and Brooks, Alberta. Although this organization provides shelter, clothing, bathing facilities, etc., for these individuals, it specializes in providing breakfast every day, all year long.


Medicine Hat Location: 403-504-0342

Medicine Hat Website


Brooks Location: 403-362-4440

Brooks Website

Child & Family Services

Supports families and communities enabling them to provide safe and nurturing environments for their children. We strive to break the cycles of family violence, abuse and poverty that prevent some children from becoming strong, healthy individuals.

 

Medicine Hat Regional Office 403-529-3753

Child Protection Medicine Hat 403-529-3657

Child Protection Brooks 403-362-1284

Child Abuse Hotline

Call 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS) to get help if you, or children you know, are being neglected, abused or sexually exploited. If you believe a child is at risk, you must report it. Help is available in multiple languages 24/7.

Children's Allied Health (Formerly CHADS)

Children's Allied Health offers skill-building, assessment, and treatment activities for the families of children who have or may develop emotional or behavioural problems, developmental delays, or disabilities.

Serves Southeastern Alberta, including Medicine Hat, Brooks, Bow Island, Bassano, & Oyen. This program is offered free of charge through Alberta Health Services.



All referrals are made through the Medicine Hat location:
Phone: 403-529-8966
Fax: 403-529-8859

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Families may self-refer. For third party referrals, parent/legal guardian must be aware of and give permission for referral.


The Children's Allied Health core team includes:


Behavioural Services:
  • Kids-in-Between Group: for children 6 to 7 years whose parents are separated or divorced
  • Kids-in-Control Group: anger management group for children 4 to 7 years
  • Bravehearts - Building Courage through Play Group for children ages 3-5 and their parents
  • Sleep Seminar: information and supports to prevent sleep deprivation and develop healthy sleeping habits in children
  • Parent support groups
  • Consultation services for parents
  • Child behavioral assessment services
  • Open referral for families with children aged 7 years and under


Home Based Development Services (HBD):
  • Screening and developmental play strategies for children / families with developmental delays, disabilities, and / or premature births
  • Open referral for children from birth to 3½ years


Occupational Therapy (OT):
  • For children having trouble with fine motor skills, visual-motor skills, perceptual skills, self-care skills, play skills, or who are having trouble coping within their environment
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Nutrition Services:
  • Nutrition education and assessment in all areas of nutrition including dealing with sensitivities to food textures, picky eaters, delayed eating skills, and general healthy eating for children
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years
  • Pediatric medical adviser consults with team


Physical Therapy (PT):
  • Focuses on gross motor skills including posture, balance, coordination, and the effect of muscles and joints on these skills
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Speech-Language Therapy (SLP):
  • Assessment and treatment of communication and feeding development issues
  • Open referral for children from birth to 18 years


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessment team:
  • Through a contract with Bridges family services, CHADS provides coordination and scheduling for OT and SLP assessments for the FASD clinic in Medicine Hat


Feeding and Swallowing Services:
  • Various disciplines are involved with feeding and swallowing referrals including SLP, OT and Nutrition Services


Developmental and Behavioural Diagnostic Clinic:
  • OT, SLP, Social Work and Psychology work with SE Alberta Pediatricians and schools to gather assessment information to support children and families with complex assessment needs.  This clinic replaces the former Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnostic service.



Chinook Village - Medicine Hat

A Safe & Caring Home for Medicine Hat Seniors. One of the largest communities in southern Alberta, Chinook Village has almost half a million square feet with 343 suites. It's not just the size of our community that’s impressive; we have a stunning combination of facility, staff and resident-focused care.

Call 403-526-6951

Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic - Southern Alberta Renal Program (Dr. Ahmad)

Referral through Dr. Ahmad to access Southern Alberta Renal Program:
Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic Ph 403-502-8615
Hemodialysis  Ph 403-529-8807

 

Referral required

Dr. Ahmad Referral form

Clinic phone:403-528-2911

Clinic fax: 403-526-5818

City of Medicine Hat Special Transit

Available for persons, who due to a physical and/or mental disability, can not use the regular public transit system. Must qualify through a functional assessment and have previously registered with Transit. 

Special Transit Application & Information


Fax registration form to 403-525-8894 or drop off in person at our office: 460 Spencer Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB

For more information or to make a special transit booking call 403-529-8214. 


City of Medicine Hat Transit

Medicine Hat Transit works hard to provide quality service to all passengers. 

Medicine Hat Transit Ride Guide

 
Call 403-529-8214 for more information

DoubleMap Transit App - Riders of Medicine Hat Transit can now see the location of their bus in real time and when it’s expected to arrive, thanks to our partnership with DoubleMap. While the system provides the public with the estimated arrival time of our bus at a stop, riders are advised to be at their stop 5 minutes before a departure.


Mobile apps are also available on Google play and the Apple App Store. 

Community Corrections Office

​The Community Corrections and Release Program offers community based programs to adult and youth offenders with an office located in Medicine Hat.

 

Call 403-488-4547 for more information.

Community Food Connections Association

Community Food Connections Association is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, agencies and citizens concerned about food, nutrition, health, social justice, the environment and local agriculture. We share a common goal of improving the quality of life for EVERYONE and believe healthy food is a right for all.  

Our main initiatives include the following community groups available in Medicine Hat and Redcliff: 

The Good Food Club: Offers anyone in the communites of Medicine Hat & Redcliff the opportunity to purchase fresh, local when possible, fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.

Good Food Club Membership Application Form


Community Kitchens: A group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, low cost meals. Groups may focus on basic food skills, food types, or cooking techniques. Kitchens can be based around the interests and needs of the group, such as food preferences or dietary restrictions.
Community Kitchen workshops are also held as a great way to learn skills that may seem intimidating to try on your own. You will be able to take home what you have prepared at the workshop. Workshops are typically helo on a Saturday morning, and the average cost is $10/person. Please check the website for upcoming workshops.

See website for a list of current kitchens available and their contact information (https://foodconnections.ca/kitchens)


Community Gardens: Provides a shared space for residents to grow their own vegetables, thereby enhancing both physical and emotional well-being. During the growing season they also offer opportunities for gardeners to participate in workshops or tours to learn about existing and new gardening practices. Upcoming events & workshops will be posted on their website.

Community Garden Membership Application


See website or call 403-502-6096 for more information.

Community Health Services

​Community Health Centres provide a wide range of health services, which may include prenatal services, postpartum services, population health promotion and disease prevention, communicable disease services and school health services.

 

Some programs may be offered on a walk-in basis, but most services are provided by appointment. Please call for more information.


Medicine Hat 403-502-8200 

Bow Island 403-545-2296 

Brooks/Bassano 403-501-3300
Oyen 403-664-3651

Community Health Services - Prenatal & Postnatal Classes

Prenatal & postnatal classes are held at Medicine Hat Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Road SE). For more information or to register, please call  403-502-8215.  Please have your Alberta Health Care Number available when you call.

PART 1:   Baby Building (Free, 2 classes)
Designed for the early part of pregnancy—the sooner, the better!
Topics covered:
-Prenatal Nutrition 
-Body Changes
-Medical Tests
-Lifestyle Choices
-Emotional changes
-Signs of Preterm Labour


PART 2:  Labour & Delivery ($40, 2 or 4 class series depending on due date and preferences)
Usually attended in the 3rd trimester. A hospital tour is included.
Topics covered are:
-Labour and Delivery
-Medical Interventions
-Recovery and Postpartum
-Newborn Care
-Infant feeding


PART 3:  Baby Steps ($40, 6 class series)
Attend after your baby is born (bring your baby to class).
Available topics:
-Adjusting to Parenthood
-Infant Sleep Patterns
-Common Illness
-Brain Development
-Infant Massage
-Caring for You and Your Baby
-Infant Safety
-Sex, Love, and Babies
-Baby Wearing
-Nutrition
-Childcare Options
-Growth and Development

If finances are a concern, please call  403-502-8215. You may qualify for free classes.



To book pre and postnatal classes online, or to find information about the Best Babies program, please visit:

Community Paramedic Response Team

Community paramedics are specifically trained to provide healthcare in communities and patient homes. Physicians, continuing care site staff and care teams can request in-home care from community paramedica for their patients.


Community paramedics can provide the following in-home treatments and assessments:
- Wound care, including putting in stitches
- Blood collection
- Medication, including intravenous administration
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- Starting and managing intravenous sites
- Monitoring of oxygen levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, etc.

In addition to in-home treatments and assessments, they:
- Can answer your questions about your care
- Have secure access to health records
- Have the necessary equipment and medication for treatments
- Adhere to hand hygiene and infection, prevention and control standards
- In emergencies, provide appropriate care and arrange an ambulance.


Call 1-855-491-5868 for more information. 

Community Paramedic Response Team Referral Form

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. Open to all bereaved patents, adult siblings, and grandparents.


Friends meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Creekside Centre (#1 Dunmore Road SE). 

Call Donna Rodin for more information: 403-528-9481

In Brooks call: 403-362-3033

Brochure

COPD and Asthma Network of Alberta (CANA)

​Lead by a multidisciplinary Advisory, CANA's Task Forces embrace key COPD and Asthma issues for the benefit of all Albertans.

CANA's mission is to develop and implement a comprehensive, provincial strategy which promotes and supports excellence in the prevention, promotion, and management of COPD and Asthma in Alberta


1-888-203-CANA (2262)

CORE Association

​We provide day programs, residential, community and outreach services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. 

We envision the day when all people with developmental disabilities are personally fulfilled and valued as members of their community.

Located in Medicine Hat, call 403-527-3302

CPP Disability Benefits

​The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit is a taxable monthly payment that is available to people who have contributed to the CPP and who are not able to work regularly at any job because of a disability.


Click here to access information and forms.

Call 1-800-277-9914 for more information.

Crisis Centre Line

​24 hour Crisis Help

 

1-800-263-3045

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support initiative is an email based mentoring and support program for Canadians affected by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This program matches experienced individuals (mentors) who have been living with Crohn’s or colitis, or their caregivers, with individuals who are newly diagnosed, facing a change in their diagnosis or life situation, or are caring for someone diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis (mentees).

-The program provides one-on-one advice on how to deal with aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s or colitis - including work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, and travel.
-Mentors offer emotional support by showing people impacted by Crohn's or colitis that they're not alone.
-The program does not provide professional counselling or medical advice.

Crossroads Clinic - Brooks

Crossroads Clinic provides whole person health care that includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our clients. All services are free, optional, and client-led.

Services include:
-Sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD) testing
-Free pregnancy tests
-Pregnancy options support
-Pap testing
-Sexual trauma support
-Post-abortion support
-Healthy relationship coaching
-Prenatal education classes
-Community education


Phone: 403-362-4600
Toll-Free: 1-855-362-4600
Office: 403-362-6665
Fax: 403-501-3969


Support Group: Embrace Hope - for families dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth & infant loss.

Anyone interested can call the clinic at 403-362-4600 or 362-6665 for support.

Cypress View Foundation - Medicine Hat

​We are a non-profit organization, situated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, that exists primarily to provide supportive social housing for low to moderate-income seniors. Cypress View Foundation provides housing to persons who, because of financial, social or other circumstances, require assistance to obtain housing.


Call 403-527-8755 for more information or email  info@cypressview.org

 

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Support Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is used to help individuals validate their present set of circumstances and by encouraging them to change poor coping skills and make lasting positive changes to their lives.  DBT helps in treating of individuals with borderline personality disorder or traits, treatment resistant depression as well as eating disorders. A referral is required to be accepted into this group and individuals are screened to determine if they are therapy ready.
 
This group is run twice a year, in the spring and in the fall/winter. Sessions are held Thursdays with one group running from 9-11am, and another running from 1-3pm. 

If you require a referral form or would like more information, please contact Michelle at Addiction & Mental Health, 403-529-3500.

Dental & Optical Assistance for Seniors

The Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs are based on income and provide low to moderate income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental and optical services that help maintain a reasonable level of health.


To be eligible you must be: 
  • 65 years of age or older and have an income level within the limits allowed by the program
  • Residing in Alberta at least three months immediately before applying
  • A Canadian citizen, or have been admitted into Canada for permanent residence (landed immigrant)

Seniors who have previously applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs or have completed a Seniors Financial Assistance application are already enrolled.


Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

SFA Application Form

Diabetes Canada (Formerly Canadian Diabetes Association)

Leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Community education, management, needle disposal & clothes line.


Calgary and District Branch: 403.266.0620 

Information and Support: 1.800.226.8464 or email info@diabetes.ca

Diagnostic Imaging Services (Alberta Health Services)

​Big Country Hospital (Oyen)

Phone: 403-664-4311

Fax: 403-664-4326

 

Bow Island Health Centre

Phone: 403-545-3209

Fax: 403-545-2281

 

Brooks Health Centre

Phone: 403-501-3218

Fax: 403-501-3365

 

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

Phone: 403-529-8850

Fax: 403-519-8078


See website for further information.


A referral is needed to access this service.

A completed requisition for the test must be provided by a doctor or other authorized healthcare practitioner, please fax to the appropriate location.

 

Not all services are available at all locations. Call for more information. 

CT Request

General X-Ray Request

Image Guided Interventional Procedures Request

MRI Request

Nuclear Medicine Request

PET/CT Imaging Request

Ultrasound Request

Dietitian - Outpatient Nutrition Program (through Alberta Healthy Living Program)

Located in the River Heights Professional Building. Registered Dietitian provides one on one nutrition counseling for all ages.  Topics addressed may include allergies, pediatric growth, feeding infants and toddlers, picky eating, pediatric obesity, prenatal, celiac disease, Crohn's, vegetarian diets, eating disorders, low potassium, and general healthy eating.


The majority of teaching is one-to-one, however, group sessions may be available (e.g. heart health, weight management). Nutrition Counselling is provided by a registered Dietitian to clients referred by a physician. Located in the River Heights Professional Centre.

Phone: 403-528-5628

Fax: 403-528-5602

 

A referral is needed to access this service. Call for more information. 

Alberta Healthy Living Referral Form


Referrals for Eating Disorders:

Eating Disorder Nutrition Counseling Referral Form

1. Family Physician to fill out Eating Disorder Referral form 

2. Complete any relevant bloodwork and take orthostatic vital signs if appropriate

3. Fax referral form to appropriate location (listed on referral form)



Distress Centre (Calgary)

​The Distress Centre is a non-profit social agency that delivers 24 hour support, free crisis counselling and resource referral services to the southern Alberta area. Provides 24 hour crisis support services through our 24 hour crisis line, email, daily chat and daily text for youth. 


24-Hour Support:
Crisis Line – 403.266.HELP (4357)

This service is free and is offered in over 200 languages.

Hearing Impaired – 403.543.1967


Online Support:
We understand that you may not be comfortable picking up the phone and calling so we encourage you to use our online chat.

Online Crisis Chat is available from 3pm – 10:00pm weekdays and from noon-10:00pm on weekends. This can be found at the top corner of each page of the website.

Dr. Nesbitt's Foot & Ulcer Care Clinic (Calgary)

Dr. John Nesbitt's practice focuses on the care and treatment of biomechanical foot problems and cutaneous ulcers.

All patients seen at this clinic are referred by their healthcare professional so that the lines of communication between caregivers can be maintained. To ensure that all patients are scheduled appropriately, referrals from patient's healthcare professionals will only be accepted by fax, and our office will contact the patient directly to arrange an appointment.

Dr. Nesbitt Foot and Ulcer Referral Form


Dr. Pau - Podiatrist

Podiatrist in Medicine Hat. Call 403-529-5596

Dr. Taylor - Dermatologist

​Dermatologist in Medicine Hat. 

Need doctor referral; call 403-529-0010.

DriveABLE

​Cognitive assessments for today's driver. DriveABLE was scientifically developed and validated through years of university research. It is the most accurate cognitive assessment of medically-at-risk drivers on the market. The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment (DCAT), the DriveABLE On Road Evaluation (DORE) and ExceleRATE provide physicians, governments and fleet managers with the tools they need to better determine the safety of medically and cognitively impaired drivers


DriveABLE Referral Form Cognitive Assessment

Medicine Hat and area call 403-528-4860

Fax: 403-527-7414