Protection of Children Abusing Drugs (PChAD)

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PChAD is a court mandated program that helps children / youth whose use of alcohol or other drugs is likely to cause significant psychological or physical harm to themselves or others.

PChAD is for legal guardians of children / youth 18 years and younger who can apply to the Provincial Court of Alberta, Family Court for a protection order. If the court agrees, your child will be admitted to a Protective Safe House (PSH) for up to ten days, with a possible extension of up to five days. PSH’s are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie.

While in the Protective Safe House, your child will undergo detoxification and stabilization as well as an assessment by an AHS addiction and mental health counsellor. Parents / guardians are expected to participate in programming at the PSH.

If a judge grants a protection order, parents / guardians will be able to request a bed at a PSH for their child. A bed will be placed on hold as soon as possible after a request is made; however, beds are not always immediately available. PChAD is not a crisis service, and admissions are carefully planned and coordinated.