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Medical Centre Associations

Organizations whose members are community health centres and other outpatient health care facilities that have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests and improving the quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care services through a program of advocacy, education, research, information and leadership. Medical centre associations promote activities that improve community health status; seek to influence provincial and national health care policy through active lobbying at provincial and federal levels; promote public understanding of health care issues; prepare members for changes in health care financing and help members become effective advocates for their institutions and profession and the patients they serve.

School Based Community Health Centres

Student health centres, often operated as a partnership between the school and a community health organization such as a community health centre, hospital, or local health department, that provide primary medical care, mental health care, substance use disorder counselling, nutrition education, health education and promotion and case management for students at the school. With an emphasis on prevention, early intervention and risk reduction, school-based health centres counsel students on healthy habits and how to prevent injury, violence and other threats. Students can be treated for acute illnesses such as flu, and chronic conditions including asthma and diabetes. They can also be screened for dental, vision and hearing problems. The specific services provided by school-based health centres vary based on community needs and resources as determined through collaborations between the community, the school district and the health care providers.

Community Mental Health Agencies

Community-based outpatient facilities that offer individual, group, conjoint and family counselling, therapy groups, medication and other mental health services for community residents, especially those who are indigent, who have acute or chronic psychiatric disorders or who may be experiencing difficulty resolving personal or interpersonal conflicts or making personal adjustments to stressful life situations such as separation, divorce, widowhood, loss of a child, poor health, unemployment, family violence, delinquency or substance abuse.

Community Based Residential Facilities

Facilities that provide a bridge between correctional institutions and the community for offenders, working on a system of gradual, supervised release. Programming for residents may include life skills, substance use disorder counselling, employment preparation and crisis counselling. Formerly known as halfway houses, CBRFs include facilities operated by the federal government, non-governmental agencies, hostels, private home placements (PHPs), Alternative Community Beds (ACBs), and supervised apartments.