Supportive Addiction and Mental Health Housing (SAMH)
SAMH Program Overview
The Supportive Addiction and Mental Health Housing program (SAMH) is funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) and is designed to provide support for people with complex addiction and concurrent mental health needs who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or who are considered inadequately housed. Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, in partnership with The Canadian Mental Health Association - Waterloo Wellington, provides the counselling services and housing units in the Guelph-Wellington region.
Edinburgh Place - SAMH Program
Transitional vs Long Term
The SAMH program provides two types of support. The Transitional program is designed for people who are involved in or have recently completed addiction treatment and who are committed to maintaining abstinence and implementing their recovery skills in a community setting. In the Transitional Program, clients share their living space with up to 3 other people. They receive weekly counselling, attend the weekly house meetings, and participate in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the house. Clients are expected to attend and participate in other program activities and community recovery supports in addition to these weekly meetings. It is an expectation that clients actively participate in program activities and stay focused on their ongoing recovery goals, including obtaining permanent housing. Clients are accepted into the Transitional Program for a period of 6 months, and can submit a written request to extend their time in the program for up to a total of 364 days. Extensions will be granted based on the client's identified recovery goals and their demonstrated active participation in the program.
In the Long Term Program, single clients live independently and have weekly counselling sessions in their units. The program operates from a harm reduction philosophy and clients agree to actively participate in other addiction recovery and mental health supports. It is also an expectation of Long Term clients living in single units to stay engaged in the program and stay focused on their ongoing recovery goals.
The goal of the SAMH program is to increase the health and social outcomes of people with problematic substance use and concurrent mental health issues by providing stable housing coupled with individualized support. Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the program:
Are 18 years of age or older
Have chronic or acute experiences of addiction and/or concurrent mental health needs
Have recent experience with homelessness or be at-risk of homelessness (including transitional housing, living on the street, etc)
Make frequent use of withdrawal management, police, and/or emergency services
Are committed to active participation in counselling and support services
Have attended/completed an addiction treatment program within the last year (Transition Program only)
Sidney House - SAMH Program
All referrals to the SAMH Program go through Here 24/7. Applicants must call 1-844-437-3247 (1-844-HERE247) to complete an assessment and be put on the SAMH wait list. You can also visit www.here247.ca for more information.
SAMH Contacts for Guelph-Wellington
If you are a potential applicant or referral source and are looking for more information regarding the SAMH program in the Guelph-Wellington area, please connect with our primary contact for this program;
Christine Sciascetti, Counsellor
Contacts for Waterloo Region
In Waterloo Region, the addiction counselling services and transitional and permanent housing units for the Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) Program are provided through a partnership between House of Friendship and Thresholds. If you are interested in the ASH program for Waterloo Region, please contact House of Friendship for more information.
Addiction Supportive Housing Counsellor
House of Friendship
(519) 957-5001 (automated reception)