Adults, couples and families in the Delta, including North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen.
COVID-19 Surge Funding
What This Grantee Is Doing for Community Counselling
Deltassist Family and Community Services Society is a non-profit society that provides a wide range of community-based social service and health programs for children, youth, families, adults and seniors. These include community substance use services, domestic violence wrap-around counselling for families, family counselling, child and youth suicide prevention, anxiety groups for children and parents, pregnant and parenting teens, and seniors counselling. Services are offered to all regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.
CAI's COVID-19 Surge Fund supports Deltassist's Substance Use Counselling team, which includes supervised interns and clinical counsellors, to provide free and low-cost, short-term counselling to anyone directly or indirectly affected by a substance use. Counsellors run group sessions through an online psycho-educational platform and/or learning modules around substance use and mental health. Surge funding also supports Deltassist's development of virtual mental health materials to help increase awareness of substance use issues and their impact on mental health.
"The CAI funding has enabled the Substance Use team to respond in a timely manner to the demands of the community. Without this funding, Deltassist would have had to create a waitlist and prioritization system which we currently have not needed to put in place. With the extra staff, we have been able to provide individual counselling to many of the most vulnerable populations in Delta as well as a free yoga program and mindfulness group. Moreover, we have noticed that our counselling program and accessing Naloxone kits at the agency has facilitated a decrease in our clients’ risk of overdose as well as a safe space for clients to explore their substance use and ways of coping. We also believe that this funding has helped to facilitate many more referrals to treatment centres when requested by clients as we have more staff available to complete the documentation required to access these services. Overall, this funding enables us to support our community wherever they are on the continuum of their recovery journey, which includes a harm reduction approach, creating relapse prevention plans or supporting their abstinence."