Residential Historical Abuse Program funds trauma specific counselling for
adults who were sexually abused as children or youth while living in the care
of the British Columbia provincial government in placements including foster
homes, group homes, and certain residential facilities.
People often experience distress, anxiety, pain or other problems as a result of childhood sexual abuse.
If you were sexually abused when you were
a child living in a BC provincial government
foster home, group home, or residential
facility, you may be eligible to have RHAP
pay for your counselling.
View the Residential Historical Abuse Program Brochure (PDF)
?Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
RHAP applicants are able to self-refer by completing the one page application and submit it by mail or fax. We are not able to accept applications by email due to privacy and confidentiality regulations.
Download the application in the Residential Historical Abuse Program Brochure (PDF).
After you submit your
application, RHAP will
contact you by telephone
or mail. If you do not have
a counsellor a counsellor,
RHAP can help you find one. If you already
have a counsellor, RHAP will need to ensure
that they meet VCH?s professional standards.
RHAP arranges payment directly with your
counsellor. You and your counsellor will develop
a treatment plan that may include individual,
group or family counselling
To qualify for RHAP, you must sign a statement that says:
you currently live in British Columbia and are over 19 years old
you were under the age of 19 when you were sexually abused
at the time of the abuse, you were living in a home or residential facility funded by the Province of British Columbia
You do not have to file a police report or prove that you were sexually abused to be eligible for RHAP. However, you will be required to identify the home or facility where the abuse took place.
VCH provides RHAP services throughout the VCH health region.
If you live outside of the VCH health region, please contact your home health region listed below to apply for service in your health area. RHAP
is a provincial program and is offered through each health authority.
?To apply to be a contracted RHAP provider email RHAP@vch.ca or call 604-875-4255 for more information.
Clinicians have a minimum of a master's degree in an applicable field with a minimum of 3 years post-masters experience
Clinicians are in good standing with their registration body
Clinicians work in private practice with capacity for in person sessions in a professional office setting with varied appointment times available
Clinicians also have experience and or advanced training in supporting clients with complex trauma