Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cancelled - First Nation Community Circle


 First Nations community Circle Part II - Thursday January 24th 10:00 - 11:30

We apologize for any inconvenience but this event has been cancelled due to renovation issues at the Friendship Centre. We will reschedule soon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Nations Community Circle - Part II

First Nations Community Circle - Part II
This event will follow up on the conversation we started last November. We will continue to discuss substance use and gambling problems & related concerns of
members of First Nations’ communities living in Capital Health District. Please join us! The meeting notes from our last gathering are attached.

When? Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where? Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen Street in Halifax

Everyone is welcome! To RSVP or to learn more, please contact: or phone: 424-2021

Let's talk about dementia!

Free Public Forum:
Featuring Guest Panelists:
Dr. Daniel Carver, Geriatrician
Trish LeClair, Capital District Health, Continuing Care
Arlene MacDonald, R.N. & Jeanette Vidito, RSW, Ivany Place
Janet & Mike Sweeny, Family Members
Tuesday, January 22
Welcome Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments and print resources available
Panel: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Harbourview Lounge
2615 Northwood Terrace, Halifax
Everyone welcome
For more information, call 422-7961 or

If there is inclement weather, please call 454-8311 to confirm the lecture.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A FREE collaborative workshop for aspiring artists and musicians!

You Are Invited to a FREE collaborative workshop for aspiring artists and musicians!
Drop in to:
Thursdays January 24—March 14
5:30pm-7:30pm ages 15-30
@ The Pavilion: 5816 Cogswell Street
Bus Routes 6, 7, 17, 18, 42, 80, 81, 90
To register, or to see if this is the right fit for you,
contact Barb & Mike at
or 223.8517/266.9362

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Halifax Community Health Board is recruiting!

We're looking for great people!
The Halifax Community Health Board (HCHB) is currently seeking applications for board members. As an active volunteer advisory board, the HCHB listens to what our community says is important about health and wellbeing. We work closely with CDHA and local community based organizations to support and promote health in our neighbourhoods. We serve residents of Halifax peninsula and Fairview and are one of seven community health boards in Capital District.

Volunteers attend monthly board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month and sit on one of the board's priority committees - Sense of Belonging, Mental Health, Health Inequities and Healthy Eating/Physical Activity to lead initiatives at the local level. Applications (resume and cover letter) will be accepted until Friday January 25th, 2013. For more information, contact Laurie MacNeil at or call (902) 487-0571.

For more information about the HCHB and what we do, check out:
Our Facebook page:
Our website:
Our Blog:

We would greatly appreciate if you could kindly circulate this call for volunteer board members to your networks!

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day

Fairview Family Resource Centre/Parent ‘n Tot Meeting Place in collaboration with the Department of Labour & Advanced Education and Read to Me cordially invites you to attend a Literacy Day celebration.
When: Friday, January 25, 2013 beginning at 10:30 A.M
Where: Fairview Family Resource Centre/Parent ‘n Tot Meeting Place
Address: 3524 Dutch Village Road (across the street from Dairy Queen and Giant Tiger)
To register please call 443-9569

Special guests will include;
The Honorable Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Maggie Hope Simpson and Karen Gatien, Adult Education Division, Carol MacDougall, Read to Me, authors Jane Baskwill and Devona Edwards, Kim Mundle, IWK Child Safety Link, and representatives from Frontier College, Keshen Goodman Library, Community Mental Health and Fairview Community Association.

The event will include children’s readings by Minister More, Jane Baskwill, Devona Edwards and Frontier College Representatives, refreshments and prize draws.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald

Friday, January 11, 2013

Stop Smoking Services

Stop Smoking Services
Getting Started Sessions & Recovery Group
January- February 2013

A Getting Started session will support you in making choices about your use of tobacco products. A menu of ongoing support options, for you to choose from will be offered to you at this session.
An ongoing offer of support for those taking action to address their tobacco addiction.


Every Thursday (starting January 3)
Spryfield Wellness Center
16 Dentith Road, Spryfield, NS
Room 169
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mon., January 21, 2013
Cobequid Community Health Center
Room 3228
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville, NS
6-7 p.m.

Tues., February 12, 2013
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy #7
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
7-8 p.m.

Thurs., February 21, 2013
QEII Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street, Halifax
Royal Bank Theatre
6-7 p.m.

There is no need to register, just arrive at a Getting Started Session. All Capital Health tobacco intervention programs are free of charge. Bring a friend!

To learn more, please call 424-2025.

Tuesday (starting January 8)
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1070, Dartmouth
Noon – 1 p.m.

Wednesday (starting January 9)
Halifax Community Based Services
1673 Bedford Row, Halifax
Noon- 1 p.m.

To register for one of these sessions please call
424-2025. All Capital Health tobacco intervention programs are free of charge. Bring a friend!

Changes to Capital Health Addictions Program

New Model of Care Highlights: The Addictions Program

Our programs are changing to better serve our clients and the citizens of Capital Health district.

Our changes are the result of a thorough review of our programs and treatment outcomes. We compared our services and outcomes with leading evidence-based best practices in addictions treatment. In addition, we consulted extensively with our clients, partners and stakeholders. We made changes to our programs based on our findings.

Our enhanced programs, all of which are based on evidence and best practice in the field of addictions treatment, are designed to give clients the best chance to achieve a healthy recovery. It is our goal to support our clients in:

- completing their recommended treatment or length of stay in programs
- continuing on with recommended follow up care with other services
- actively engaging in setting personal goals for recovery
- gaining skills to prevent relapse and intervening early when relapse occurs
- completing the recommended number of individual counselling sessions and group therapies
- finding longer-term support through participation in recovery groups or other groups available in the community

While some of our changes will give clients quicker access to programs, others may involve clients waiting a little longer to enter a program. But please note that it is our goal that all clients will benefit from these changes by experiencing more effective treatment and improved results from their treatment.



1) Inpatient Treatment Program [formerly called Withdrawal Management Inpatient (Detox) Program]
(For more information and to review a "What to Expect in Inpatient Treatment Program" document, visit:

• Formerly, patients stayed 3-7 days and received professional nursing care and medical management of their withdrawal symptoms.
• Now, patients will stay for up to 21 days. The first week will focus on managing withdrawal symptoms and feeling better. During weeks two and three, patients will begin to actively participate in a variety of individual and group therapies, including recreation therapy. Patients will benefit from the care of a professional team of nurses, social workers, psychologist, and recreation therapists, including a navigator, who is available to support patients in accessing needed community resources. During their stay, patients will develop a treatment plan and connect with recommended follow-up care providers (such as a counsellor in the community or staff in our Day Treatment Program), to support their continued healthy recovery.

2) Day Treatment Program (formerly called Day Detox)
(For more information and a "What to Expect in Day Treatment Program" document, visit:

• Formerly, clients attended our day program for three weeks and received support, education and group therapy delivered by our professional nursing staff. Clients could join the program any day of the week, and day program could accommodate up to 20 clients.
• Now, clients will attend Day Treatment Program for four weeks. New clients will be admitted only on Mondays, and no more than 15 clients will be registered at any one time. This new structure is designed provide a safe and stable learning and therapy environment for all involved. Clients will participate in a variety of therapy and education groups from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, with Friday afternoons free. Clients in Day Treatment Program will benefit from the care of a professional team of nurses, social workers and recreation therapists. During their time with Day Treatment Program, clients will set goals for recovery each day, further develop their treatment plans and connect with recommended follow-up care providers (such as a counsellor in the community or another community resource), to support their continued healthy recovery.

3) Opioid Treatment Program (formerly called Methadone Treatment Services)
(For more information and a "What to Expect in Opioid Treatment Program" document, visit:

• The Opioid Treatment Program will have enhanced group therapy options available to clients. Prior to being accepted into this program, individuals are scheduled for a detailed assessment. To learn more about this program, please call our Central Intake team at 424-8866 / 1-866-340-6700.

(For more information and a "What to Expect in Community-Based Services" document, visit

• Formerly, clients were required to attend an orientation session prior to attending groups or seeing a clinician.
• Now individuals are booked for their first appointment as soon as they contact our Central Intake team (424-8866 / 1-866-340-6700).
• Another change is that we offer an Introduction to Recovery Group that individuals can begin to attend the same week that they contact our Central Intake team (424-8866/1-866-340-6700).
• Clinicians at our Community-Based Services will offer individual counselling and group therapies using evidence-based therapies that have been shown to give individuals the best chance for a healthy recovery. Typically, clients will participate in approximately six one-on-one individual counselling sessions and will follow that up with participation in 8-12 group therapy sessions. Clients also have the option to take part in other groups and activities, including a variety of educational sessions, recreation and leisure therapies and mindfulness and relaxation therapies. Longer-term support is available through Addictions Program recovery groups or through other groups available in the community.
• We also continue to offer education and support groups for family members and affected others.
• As well, our Stop Smoking Services, Health Promotion and Driving While Impaired/Interlock programs continue to be offered.

Services are free and available to all.

How to Access Services
All clients can access any program or service by calling our Central Intake team at 424-8866 (toll free 1-866-340-6700), which operates Mondays from 8:30 am-8:30 pm and Tuesdays-Fridays from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Central Intake staff will discuss the nature of each client's dependency and be able to answer any questions about admissions, intakes and treatment options. Learn more at


Rachel Boehm
Addictions Program Leader
Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program
Rm. 188B, The Nova Scotia Hospital, Purdy Building
300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Z6
902-424-8083 / Cell: 902-219-4707

Thinking about change?
Concerned about someone's involvement with alcohol, other drugs and/or gambling?
Our team of healthcare professionals is here to help!
Contact us to learn more, explore options or register for a program.
Call 424-8866 (toll free 1-866-340-6700) or visit

March Break Leadership Camp

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
 HeartWood March Break Camp 2013
January 2013

Hello HeartWood Family and Friends!

It's almost that time of year again... HeartWood's March Break Leadership Camp! We'll be spending four days and nights together at the M.A.R.C. near Bridgewater having fun, practicing leadership skills and taking action in a local community.

This program is open to all youth from Nova Scotia ages 14-17 who are interested in expanding their learning on the value of leadership and turning leadership skills into action in their own communities.  No previous leadership experience necessary, just a willingness to participate!  

If you are interested, please see details below.  The application can also be downloaded from or here Registration Form.

If you know of ANYONE who would find this opportunity interesting, please forward this information to them.

Thanks for your co-operation and support!

HeartWood Staff Team
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development

March Break 2013 Details
*Age: 14-17
*Location: The M.A.R.C. just outside of Bridgewater
*Dates: Tuesday, March 12th to Friday March 15th
*Price: $200 per youth OR $175 if participant brings a friend. ALSO, bursaries are available for this program (contact HeartWood if you are interested)!

Application deadline: Feb 15th.

Registration fee is non-refundable after March 5th, 2013. 

Please apply in a timely manner as we have limited spaces available for this program. We often have a waiting list for programs, and participant spots are given on a first come first serve basis.


5516 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1G6
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
p: 902-444-5885
f: 902-444-3140