Title:Evaluation of the services provided under the Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Act: year two summary report.
Corporate Author: Alberta Health Services
Subject:Children – health|split|Health issues – alcohol and drug abuse
Publisher:Government of Alberta
Place of Publication:Edmonton
Date of Publication:2009
The Protection of Children Abusing Drugs (PChAD) Act and the services directed by it are in response to a community-identified need resulting in the implementation of a service that is linked to research and best practices. The PChAD Act was passed by the Alberta legislative assembly in May 2005. The act came into effect July 1, 2006. Prior to this time, there was no authority to require services for children under the age of 18 who declined voluntary addiction treatment services.
The purpose of the act is to give parents and guardians another option to help their children, under the age of 18, whose alcohol or other drug use has caused significant physical, psychological or social harm to themselves, or physical harm to others, and who are refusing voluntary addiction treatment services. The act allows a parent to apply for a court order to confine the youth for a period of not more than five days to a protective safe house (PSH) for detoxification, assessment and development of a discharge treatment plan.
Two years of evaluation were conducted to determine the implications of the PChAD program in terms of the services delivered and the impact of these services on youth and their families. The findings from the first-year evaluation are documented in a summary report (AADAC, 2007) and technical report (Pivotal Research, 2007). This report summarizes the findings from the second year of evaluating PChAD services.