Who are we?
We are a non-profit organization registered Business # 777251331RC0001
Providing occupational specific mental health care exclusively for first responders and uniform personnel.
Caring for those who serve and protect us.
Our vision is to offer leading edge, evidence-based mental health services with immediate access for first responders and uniform personnel on an inpatient/outpatient basis.
Affordability without compromising quality is our objective. Enriching lives of our first responders and uniform personnel so they are constructive family members and sound contributors to their organizations.
The Haven will be the second organization of its kind, as a chapter of La Vigile, in North America. It is a distinctive program that operates on a non-profit basis, which offers leading edge, evidence based treatment specific to Emergency Service Workers The Haven’s goal is to serve all Emergency Service Workers and their families Canada-wide, with a main focus being those who service Ontario.
Specifically, our goals are:
1.Provide timely access for specialized mental health and addiction treatment programs, specific to Emergency Service Workers.
2.Provide a wide range of services to be able to serve the unique needs of the individual. This includes, inpatient, outpatient, community based in-home treatment options.
- Provide customized treatment plans to address the unique needs of the individual.
- Support the successful reintegration of the client into everyday life and work.
- Provide proactive education and resources for organizations in order to prevent the necessity of treatment.
- To support organizations with the implementation of Bill 163 from a preventative, proactive stance as well as a reactive stance if necessary through proper informative processes.
To be well versed in leading edge, evidence-based treatment as well as Bill 163 in order to be able to implement the above processes and support members/clients effectively.
The initial concept of La Vigile was developed in the 1980’s by Mr. Jacques Denis Simard. Mr. Simard was a Police Officer in Quebec for many years and had noticed the mental health issues that came with this line of work. In his efforts to seek help for fellow officers, he noticed they would have to travel great distances in order to get the support they needed. He came to the realization that there was a great need for an organization dedicated solely to supporting first responders.
Over the years, La Vigile grew and expanded based on the needs and demands for this type of support and treatment from Emergency Service workers. Prior to developing their own in-house treatment programs, La Vigile networked with various organizations that provided therapy which treated various mental health and addictions issues. It was identified that, although there were some community partners that provided rich in-house therapeutic environment for individuals with mental health and addiction issues, these programs were not specific to the organizational culture of emergency services.
La Vigile recognized the importance of having a culture specific therapeutic experience for Emergency Service workers. There was an understanding that the therapeutic care provided to Emergency Service workers would not be effective when mixed with other populations who were not in this field of work. There were many specific needs could not be met within the general population, thus the development of their own in-house treatment center. This was one that could provide therapy (treatment) fulfilling the unique needs of Emergency Service workers.
The trust in the care provided at La Vigile has spread throughout the various mental health care providers as well as various insurance companies and associations in Quebec, making La Vigile a recommended resource for Emergency Service workers.