First Nation Health Authority

First Nation Health Authority benefits administers coverage for mental health counselling through three programs:

Mental Wellness an​​d Counsel​ling Program:

The Mental Wellness and Counselling (MWC) program is designed to support clients who are in need of professional assistance to resolve emotional distress and enjoy greater wellness. All Health Benefits clients are eligible for the MWC program.

For a list of providers registered with Health Benefits, check out the FNHA First Nations Health Benefits Mental Health Provider List.

Indian Day Schools ​Hea​​​lth Support Services:

The Indian Day School Health Support Services (IDS HSS) is a national program administered in BC through Health Benefits. Services are available for former students, or family members of a former student, who attended an Indian Day School. First Nations and non-First Nations individuals may be eligible for the program.

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program:

The Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) is a national program administered in BC through Health Benefits. Services are available for former students, or family members of a former student, who attended a residential school listed in the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. First Nations and non-First Nations individuals may be eligible for the program.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Health Support Services:

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Health Support Services (MMIWG HSS) is a national program administered in BC through Health Benefits. Services are available for survivors, family members and others affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. First Nations and non-First Nations individuals may be eligible for the program.

You can read more about the FNHA mental health programs here. You can also call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454 to learn more about what is covered. 

How to Get Started:

  1. Book a free consultation with our FNHA Approved Mental Health Providers.
  2. Our therapists submit a request for funding to FNHA on your behalf. Counselling support through FNHA requires approval from FNHA before your first counselling session.
  3. Upon receiving an approval from FNHA, we’ll book your first session.

*Please note that FHNA only covers a portion ($90) of the counselling session fee; the remainder of our fee will be charged to the client after each session ($60).