(June 10, 2019), the Short-Term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling
program will be re-named the Mental Wellness and Counselling program to reflect
improvements to coverage.
has been changed to improve access to services. These improvements include:
• Removing the requirement that clients be in a state of crisis in order to be eligible for services• Providing counselling to all eligible clients regardless of residence on or off-reserve • Extending the validity of prior approvals to 12 months (had been five previously)• Increasing the number of counselling sessions covered from 15 to 20
must be provided by a mental health provider registered with First Nations
Health Benefits. A full list of registered providers is on the FNHA website at www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health.
with any questions may call the Health Benefits support line at 1-855-550-5454.
Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling Program (Old)
Wellness and Counselling Program (NEW – Effective June 10, 2019)
only available to clients living off-reserve
must be in crisis to access counselling
approvals only valid for 20 weeks
coverage for 15 counselling sessions
✔ Counselling available to all
clients regardless of residence on or off-reserve
✔ If clients need counselling they
are eligible – there is no crisis requirement
✔ Prior approvals valid for 12
✔ Provides coverage for 20