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Aventa is actively involved with a number of Provincial committees to ensure we will be up to date on the newest research and best practices in the field of addiction, in order to continue to provide client-centered programming across the continuum of care and enhance service delivery to those in need.

Alberta Addiction Service Providers

This coalition includes 35 Alberta agencies providing addiction services to Albertans

Calgary Coalition on Supervised Consumption

This multi-stakeholder group provides advisory support to the development of supervised consumption services (SCS) in Calgary. This includes research into the needs of people who use drugs and recommendations around program design and locations.

The Calgary Council for Addictions and Mental Health is a collective of over 45 community non-profit organizations, government services and foundations which provide a strong and unified voice, promoting the better delivery of competent, integrated, efficient, ethical and effective person-centered mental health and addiction services and support. This grass roots council works collaboratively with community partners who offer barrier free, non-judgmental services and support to those affected by addiction and/or mental health.

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network (CFAN)

This collaborative network is committed to advancing education & awareness, promoting best practices and enhancing supports for individuals and families affected by FASD

Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) Research

Aventa is one of the service providers involved in the Prairie CRISM Node which will focus on evidence based addiction treatment and prevention strategies, and establish collaborations, information exchange and resource development across the prairie region.

MESH Steering Committe and Implementation Committees

MESH is a partnership of 5 organizations helping people overcome complex, interrelated barriers of mental health, employment, substance abuse, and housing.

Prenatal Outreach Support Team

This is a partnership between a Calgary Police Service Constable and Alberta Health Services Nurses. The team is implementing a pilot project designed to prevent risks to newborns by identifying high risk women and facilitating their access to appropriate prenatal programs. Risk factors during pregnancy would include substance abuse, prostitution, domestic violence, mental illness, poverty, isolation, homelessness, etc.

Provincial Addiction Counselling Practice Council

This independent body promotes the delivery of competent, integrated, efficient, ethical, and effective patient centered health care.

Provincial Addiction Curriculum and Experiential Skills (PACES) Training Initiative

This initiative develops provincially accessible addiction curricula that meets the learning needs practitioners who work with adult populations experiencing addiction and concurrent disorders.

Trauma Informed Care – Community of Practice

The CoP facilitates knowledge exchange, resource sharing and capacity building in trauma-informed care among health-care practitioners working in a variety of clinical and community environments.

The Valuing Mental Health Review Committee was established in June 2015 with a mandate to comprehensively review addiction services, mental health services, and the mental health system in Alberta. The review culminated in the recommendations of this report, which are intended to assist the Government of Alberta to implement a strategy that strengthens and updates addiction and mental health services for Albertans.