CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health has joined forces with B.C.-based FamilySmart® to strive for more family-centred mental health services for children and youth.

CASA Foundation has provided funding to support the new FamilySmart® Parents-in-Residence (PiRs) to provide support and mentorship to other parents or family members who are struggling to help kids with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Candace Fehr, Co-Chair of the CASA Family Advisory Council, and Lori Erickson, a parent on the CASA Family Advisory...

CASA Set to Launch Revamped FASTRACS Program in October

(From left) Program Manager Karl Merritt, Occupational Therapist Rachel Quong, Program Co-facilitator Robbie Seale, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Leia Bullick. It is an often-invisible condition that affects about 4% of the population. That makes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) two and one-half times more common than Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) FASD covers a wide range of physical,...

Taking Charge of Youth Mental Health: The CASA Youth Council Shows How It’s Done

Give youth impacted by mental health concerns a space to work, a little support and encouragement, then stand back and be amazed by what they accomplish. Exhibit A: The CASA Youth Council (CYC), a self-described “mental health action group” formed in 2016 to create a platform for youth-driven mental health initiatives. “We started by putting out...

In Conversation with CEO of CASA and CASA Foundation Dr. Denise Milne

From left: Dr. David McNeil, Vice-Chair, CASA Board; Dr. Denise Milne, CEO of CASA and CASA Foundation; Mr. Jason Luan, Associate Minister, Mental Health & Addictions, Government of Alberta.   With over 150 staff, four local operating sites, multiple treatment and education programs for children, teens and their families, along with dozens of fundraisers, sponsored public...
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