Unique trans youth clinic gets sup­port

The Metta clinic was only able to op­er­ate one half-day per month

StarMetro Calgary - - LOCAL - HE­LEN PIKE

south­ern Al­berta pro­gram that ad­vo­cates call a life­saver for trans youth is fi­nally get­ting some much-needed help tack­ling its huge wait list.

The Metta Clinic, based out of the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Cal­gary, acts as a hub of ser­vices for trans­gen­der and gen­der-di­verse youth and serves the city and south­ern Al­berta. It was launched in 2014 as a pi­lot, and has been run­ning on a lim­ited ba­sis ever since, help­ing young peo­ple be­tween the ages of seven and 20.

Julie Kerr, the Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) se­nior op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for com­mu­nity, ru­ral and men­tal-health ser­vices in the Cal­gary zone, said AHS shuf­fled re­sources to beef up the Metta Clinic’s pro­grams.

As of last month, two full­time coun­sel­lors were added to the pro­gram and over the sum­mer, she said AHS an­tic­i­pates adding a new psy­chi­a­trist and more physi­cian re­sources — and all of that trans­lates to more clinic hours.

AHS says new re­sources will re­duce wait times for youth in need of care thes­tar.com/cal­gary

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