East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information that you provide to us. This statement explains our policies and practices regarding the use and disclosure of your personal information by EKASS. Please note that, EKASS reviews and updates this Privacy Policy from time to time as needed without notice. Therefore, you should review the terms of this policy periodically to make sure that you are aware of how EKASS collects and uses personal information. By using our web site, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information by EKASS as explained below.

  1. Personal Information.

    You have complete control over your personal information. In general, you can visit our web site without providing us with any personal information. However, there are instances where we must have some personal information in order for us to grant you an access to our protected and secured sites or assist you via our Intake Form and Questions Form. This information may include registration data (your name, address, email address, phone number, title, etc.), information request data and response data ("User Information"). When you receive your confirmation email or when you receive any email from the list server, you will be given instructions on how to remove yourself from the list.

  2. Use of User Information.

    We intend to use such information for purposes of supporting your and your employers relationship with EKASS by designing a web site content that is suitable to your needs and alerting you to new product and service offerings as they become available. This User Information may be retained by EKASS to verify compliance with the agreement between EKASS and your employer, to keep track of the domains from which people visit us, to create a user profile to better serve you and your employer, or to simply contact you either electronically or otherwise. If you decide that we should not use your personal User Information to contact you, please let us know and we will not use that information for such purpose. However, please do not submit any User Information if you are less than 18 years of age.

  3. Disclosure of User Information.

    EKASS does not sell, trade or transfer User Information to third parties. However, we may share User Information with our business partners for marketing, advertising or product/service offering purposes. For example, we provide User Information to our service providers for direct emailing of our newsletters, online surveys or notifications on EKASS Offerings to our viewers. We also disclose User Information if: we have your consent; we need to share it in order to provide you with the products and/or services you requested; we respond to a court order or you violate our Terms of Use. You may separately agree to provide your personal information to third parties that provide content for EKASS Offerings, in order to access and/or use their products and/or services. If you agree to provide such information to these third parties, then your personal information will be subject to their privacy policies.

  4. Accuracy and Security.

    The accuracy and security of the User Information is important to EKASS. Currently, you may review and request updates to your User Information retained by contacting EKASS. If you contact us to correct your User Information, we will attempt to correct such inaccuracies in a timely manner. EKASS is concerned with the security of your User Information and is committed to taking reasonable steps to protect it from unauthorized access and use of that personal information. To that end, we put in place the appropriate physical, electronic and managerial policies and procedures to secure your personal User Information. We also continue to implement procedures to maintain accurate, complete and current User Information.

  5. Usernames and Passwords.

    Access to certain content on our web site may be allowed under a written agreement between you or your employer and EKASS and will require a username and/or password. In some cases, failure to provide personal information may prevent you from accessing certain EKASS web site(s) containing certain confidential information, products, services, or promotional offers ("EKASS Offerings"). By accessing and using our protected and secured web site(s), you agree to maintain the confidentiality of the username and password you selected to access such site(s) and consent to our Terms of Use.

  6. Cookies.

    EKASS uses "cookies". A cookie is a small data file that a web site can transfer to a visitor's hard drive to keep records of the visits to such site. A cookie contains information such as your username and password that helps us recognize the pages you have visited and improve future visits, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is the information that you provide yourself. A cookie cannot read data off of your hard drive or read cookie files created by other sites. Information stored in cookies may be encrypted, however, we do not store your credit card number in cookies. If you prefer not to accept a cookie, you can set your web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator) to warn you before accepting cookies or you can refuse all cookies by turning them off in your web browser. However, access to some of our secured web site(s) may require the use of cookies, which you must enable only cookies that get sent back to the originating server. Otherwise, you can still access most of the features on our web site even without accepting a cookie.

  7. External Links.

    EKASS web site provides links to other third party web sites. Even if the third party is affiliated with EKASS through a business partnership or otherwise, EKASS is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices or the content of such external links. These links are provided to you for convenience purposes only and you access them at your own risk.

  8. Terms of Use.

    Please also see our Terms of Use, which describes the restrictions, disclaimers, indemnification and limitation of liability governing the use of the entire EKASS web site.

  9. General.

    If you have questions regarding our Privacy Statement, please contact EKASS via our Contact page.

 


Recent Posts

  • East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 06-Nov-2020 East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.




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  • EKASS is Hiring!
  • EKASS is Hiring!

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 06-Nov-2020 EKASS is Hiring!

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.


    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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  • Y Mind
  • Y Mind

    Posted on: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support



    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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Upcoming Events

  • International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    Event Date: 31-Aug-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 18-Aug-2020 International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. The day aims raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friend remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. 

    To help reduce the risk of overdose:

    • Buddy up when you are using, stay 2 meters (6 ft) from your buddy to remain physically distanced, but remember using with a buddy is safer than using alone!
    • Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.      
    • Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together. 
    • Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
    • If you feel you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app www.lifeguardDH.com which can connect you with emergency medical dispatchers in the event of an overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.  
    • Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
    • Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it. Naloxone is available at:
      • ANKORS, EKASS, IH Public Health & Mental Health Substance Use Locations
      • Pharmacies located throughout Cranbrook
      • Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
      • Call 9-1-1 immediately It is still safe (and important) to use emergency services during the COVID -19 pandemic
      • Open airway and give rescue breaths using face mask
      • Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it
    • Check your drugs. Fentanyl test strips are available at:
    ANKORS #209 – 16th Ave North Cranbrook  250-426-3383
    EKASS – 250-489-4344

    www.drugchecking.ca

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  • Y Mind
    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020
  • Y Mind

    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support

    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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  • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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