Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) is for individuals in recovery with a goal of abstinence who have experienced multiple entries into treatment, to live in a communal, abstinence-based home, with the support of an Intensive Addictions Case Manager.
Who is this program for?
An Intensive Addiction Case Manager facilitates placement in a safe, clean, living environment and provides support to individuals who meet the following admission criteria:
- Applicant’s primary concern is problematic substance use.
- Applicant has experienced a history of multiple entries into treatment.
- Applicant is currently homeless, inadequately or precariously housed.
- Applicant has been unable to obtain or maintain housing without support. Must be capable of living independently with support.
- Applicant has a clear commitment to ongoing abstinence.
- Applicant possesses the capability and willingness to constructively participate in the ASH program and values the use of peer support through communal or clustered living.
- Applicant agrees to complete a comprehensive assessment process (may involve 3 or more meetings).
- Following the comprehensive assessment process, the applicant must agree to the terms of the Addiction Supportive Housing Occupancy Agreement.
- Applicant agrees to follow through on any recommendations made as a result of the assessment process in order to stabilize their early recovery
There are two main components to ASH – Intensive Addiction Case Management and Housing. Case Management assists clients to acquire skills in daily living, develop coping strategies and new healthier behaviours. Identifying clients’ recovery and treatment goals are part of a comprehensive treatment planning process. Ongoing screening, assessment, monitoring, referral, advocacy, counselling, education and life skills are all part of this program.
Clients live independently in the Niagara Region with peer support and regular visits with their Intensive Addiction Case Manager. The transitional housing program is a shared sober living environment that offers safe, stable housing with a rent subsidy attached. This is transitional housing in a home environment for up to one year in duration.
Self-Referrals are accepted.
- Complete the ASH Intake Form and fax/e-mail/post/drop off completed referral to CASON.
- The referral will be screened; if the client appears to meet the ASH Admission the client will be contacted directly to begin the assessment process in order to determine program eligibility.