If the judge grants a PChAD Protection Order:
The PChAD Protection Order should only be given to the police once the bed is available. If you aren’t sure, you can call the PChAD Bed Coordination Line, at 1-888-844-5395.
Unfortunately, there is often a waitlist for beds in a PSH. When a bed reservation expires, that bed may be given to another child. If your reservation is about to expire, call the PChAD Bed Coordination Line, at 1-888-844-5395 to discuss your options.
No. A PChAD Protection Order expires after 50 days, unless otherwise stated on the order (this will be the last point on the order). You can reserve a bed as long as the PChAD Protection Order is still valid.
Wait times change, but can range anywhere from days to weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot provide bed availability information over the phone until your PChAD Protection Order has been granted. If you are unable to reserve a bed in your city of choice, you may be given other options within the province. Please note that you will be responsible to pick up your child from the PSH on the day they are discharged.
Yes in certain circumstances. Local police and the RCMP are able to transport children to other PSH beds within Alberta when a bed is not available within the child’s city of residence. However, this can take time because of the coordination that is required between units. Please note that your child’s PSH bed must be reserved and available before the police can apprehend the child.
There are certain situations where putting a child into a certain PSH may not be helpful. These could include the presence of a close friend or family member, the level of security required or a history of certain behaviour.
If any of these situations happens, there are options available to you. Call the PChAD Bed Coordination Line, at 1-888-844-5395, to help figure out what your child’s needs are, and what other PSH beds are available to them.
(Due to privacy laws, we cannot disclose information about other children, including their admission or discharge from a PSH.)
Yes, depending on availability. Contact your local Addictions Services office for more information.
If you call the PChAD Bed Coordination Line outside of business hours, its automated answering service will give you a number of options. These include connecting you to a particular PSH or leaving a message, which will be returned the following business day.