ISC FNIHB Mental Wellness Programs and Funding Available to NWT

ISC FNIHB Mental Wellness Programs and Funding Available to NWT First Nations and Inuit

The following outlines information on the mental wellness programs and services that are funded through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Northern Region and available to Northwest Territories (NWT) First Nations and Inuit.

In response to calls from First Nations communities and leadership for the development of a coordinated, comprehensive approach to mental health and addictions programming, FNIHB, Assembly of First Nations, and Indigenous mental health leaders from various First Nations non-government organizations jointly developed the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework. In support of this, FNIHB collapsed historical and distinct community-based funding programs and authorities, providing greater flexibility for First Nations and Inuit partners to address their mental wellness priorities and needs around the following services:

  • Health Promotion, Prevention, Community Development, and Education
  • Early Identification and Intervention
  • Crisis Response
  • Coordination of Care and Care Planning
  • Detox
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment
  • Support and Aftercare

These historical and distinct community-based programs along with supplemental health benefit funding for mental health are described below, including information on areas of potential coverage and contact information.

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