Bissell Centre provides permanent supportive housing for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Bissell staff are on-site to provide around-the-clock support for tenants living in an apartment complex. This is the first such facility in Canada that offers 24 hour support services for people with FASD.
The apartment complex is owned and operated by Homeward Trust with Bissell Centre providing in-house and outreach support for the people who live there.
Support Services Available
Bissell Centre staff provide support 24 hours a day/365 days a year and are trained and equipped to assist people with FASD. Staff provide tenants with a stable home environment, opportunities to integrate into the community, goal-setting sessions, and assistance with attending medical appointments, court appearances, mental health supports, and other commitments.
Support staff also arrange for group outings, have some on site cultural supports and offer off site Indigenous supports for tenants. In addition to this, an Occupational Therapist is on site that offers a strengths based Executive Function Performance Test in order to assess and assist tenants with increasing daily living skills. The OT also offers Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for implementation of change oriented strategies. DBT is useful for assisting tenants in areas such as mental health, trauma, or emotional regulation. Also, on site, is a Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator. They provide mental health and harm reduction education and support for frontline staff and residents.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services
Bissell Centre has been providing support for people with FASD for over 13 years. The FASS program focuses on prevention and awareness to support the well-being of individuals and families affected by FASD.
Please visit Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Services for more information.