Group Care

Our group care services operate under a family-centred practice, and we apply a solution-focused approach to working with children, youth, and families. Our programs include short-term or long-term care for children and youth, between the ages of 6 and 17 years, who struggle with emotional, behavioural, and/or psychiatric difficulties. When our clients enter the programs their at-risk behaviours are identified, and program completion is determined by a measured reduction of the at-risk behaviours and the demonstrated development or enhancement of positive social behaviours.

Intensive group care for children and youth

The intensive group care has several houses with programs focusing on:

    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    • Mental health
    • Adolescent males with histories of sexual trauma
    • Intensive high needs

Intermediate group care for children and youth

Intermediate treatment group care provides living quarters and programming to assist youth in transitioning from intensive treatment to the community by providing and helping them develop their own support systems.

Supported independent living for children and youth

Our supported independent living services provide a comfortable environment for children and youth who require some help developing life skills. Our care facilities include:

  • Monarch Place, for pregnant or parenting teens and women
  • Aspire House, for youth with basic living skills, who are not yet ready to live on their own in the community
  • Individual Accommodation, housing graduates from other programs who are ready for independence

Mental health programs for adults

Serenity House is dedicated to adults with a mental health diagnosis. The house is located in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, where adult community support services are also available.

For more information about Serenity House or other support services for adults , please contact:

Colleen Angus, Manager Mental Health
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To make a referral for one of these programs, please contact:

Brian Hall, Director Quality Improvement
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(780)440-0708 Ext. 295

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We welcome your questions and comments.
UP’s main administrative office is located in Edmonton, Alberta.

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P: 780-440-0708
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Centre 170, Suite 145
10403 – 172 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K9