About BHF

Our History

Behavioural Health Foundation (BHF) has roots dating back to 1967, as Canada’s first residential treatment facility for families. BHF continues to honour the tradition of providing a safe and structured environment for holistic addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment services.


At the Behavioural Health Foundation (BHF) the word “wholistic” is used in all of the literature when referring to treatment programs and services, rather than the more commonly used “holistic”. This way the word looks exactly like what it means: the “whole” person is treated. The end result of  wholistic addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment is a person who has looked at their life issues in a realistic way and is taking steps to address and resolve these issues, thereby reducing the harmful consequence of addictive behaviour.


BHF is a therapeutic community providing long term programming to persons with addictions and co-occurring mental health issues. Dependents of  these persons are also  accommodated both in residence and in the program.

Addictions are seen in the context of the individual’s psychological status and lifestyle. Emphasis is placed on environment, peer group, family relationship, work habits, attitudes and values.


To provide a person-centered culturally aware substance use and co-occurring mental health treatment program based on a behavioural health approach that focuses on holistic healing for adults and families seeking to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Core Values

  • The Behavioural Health Foundation welcomes and promotes diversity in societal and cultural values amongst members.
  • Members have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Members have the right to receive treatment without discrimination regarding race, ethnic origin, gener, sexual orientation or age.
  • Members have the right to have their religious beliefs respected.
  • Members should recognize that the best interests of the client may be better served by referring or releasing the client to another agency or professional.


  • Eliminate dependency on the use of  substance.
  • Foster a positive self-image and identity.
  • Develop and increase self-confidence.
  • Develop work skills and work habits necessary for obtaining employment or entering an education institution.
  • Integrate the individual into the community as a productive member of society.