Lethbridge is getting an innovative peer support model to help improve access to mental health and addiction recovery services locally.

Jason Luan, the province’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions made the announcement Friday (June 21).

He says the Calgary Region’s expansion of its successful Recovery College model will be coming to Wood Buffalo, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Lethbridge. “Recovery is a priority for our government. Albertans deserve the ability to access the recovery services they need to help them live healthy, productive lives. These recovery colleges provide important supports from people with real experiences that help support long-term recovery.”

The Lethbridge and Red Deer sites will open this September.

The UCP government has committed $3 million to support the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region’s expansion.

The Recovery College model uses a community-oriented approach where people in recovery share what works and teach individuals and families the skills, tools and knowledge they need to improve their quality of life.