Acute Home Based Treatment Program - VGH Health Centre

Our Acute Home Based Treatment (AHBT) service offers short-term, mental health treatment in home settings. 

This service is for people experiencing an increase in symptoms or distress related to mental illness or substance use. 

Acute Home Based Treatment offers: 

  • Treatment in a comfortable, familiar environment with minimal disruption to day-to-day living.  

  • Choice, so that hospital care is not the only option. 

  • Coordinated treatment with clients and their caregivers.

How does treatment work?

The AHBT team will visit your home to discuss your symptoms and prescribe and monitor medications as required. The number and length of visits will depend on your care plan.  

If you already have a psychiatrist, the team doctor will collaborate with him or her to coordinate your treatment. When you are feeling better, you can return to the services in your community that meet your needs. 

Vancouver General Hospital - Health Centre

715 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 875-5432
Fax: (604) 875-5440

Hours of operation

7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


You must be referred by a medical professional, for example a doctor, case manager, nurse etc. 

Parking & transportation

There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:

  • Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.

  • The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

 Download parking rates for VCH facilities


To be eligible for this program you must be: 

  • 17 years and older

  • Living in Richmond, Vancouver or on the North Shore

  • Experiencing a worsening of symptoms or distress due to mental illness and/or substance use concerns.

  • Willing and able to accept care at home.

You cannot participate in this program if you are: 

  • Actively suicidal or at risk to harm others.

  • Not living in a safe home environment, for example there are weapons or other individuals with a history of violence in your home.