?The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue. The AAC offers short term treatment on-site, by telephone and by mobile response. Clinical staff provide 24/7 support, stabilization and crisis management to clients.
Our staff includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and social workers, psychiatrists and reception staff who are here to help 24/7. We are the single point of access to VCH mental health and/or substance use services in Vancouver and offer an alternative to the Emergency department for people having a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue.
We're here to help match a person?s need to the right services and the right resources at the right time. We provide pathways for people and families to access Mental Health and Substance use services, including timely and client-centred access to services in the VGH Emergency Department.
For medical emergencies call 9-1-1.
If you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital emergency department right away.
If you feel a family member, friend or co-worker might be in danger of hurting themselves or someone else, call 9-1-1 or take them to a hospital emergency department right away.
We provide intervention to individuals in the community for mental health crisis or emergency situations. Staff respond to calls from police, health care professionals, clients, family members and the general public.
Located at the AAC, we provide evening and weekend support and intervention to Vancouver mental health team clients who require assistance during non-office hours.
Services include mobile response for crisis assessment and resolution, referrals to mental health teams, health care professionals or other agencies. A joint service between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver Police Department.
Call or walk in any time - we're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
?Eligible adults can self-refer to the AAC by calling or walking-in to the clinic. Families and Friends concerned about a loved one can call the AAC to initiate a referral for eligible adults.
This nine-storey building is located at the centre of the VGH campus, between the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre and the Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion. The East entrance opens onto Level 1 of the building, and the South entrance opens onto Level 2.
If walking up from Broadway St, turn up Willow St and walk uphill, crossing West 10th Ave. Walk along the green space pathway until you see our building on your right hand side. This is the East entrance, on Level 1 of the building.
If walking down from West 12th Ave, use the crosswalk located between Heather St and Laurel St to cross West 12th Ave, walking downhill. Our building is visible from here, straight ahead as you are crossing the street. This is the South entrance, on Level 2 of the building.
If utilizing a VCH Parkade, locate your parkade on the map (please flip page) and follow the red arrows to our building. Disabled parking zones are located within each parkade.
If utilizing the patient drop off zone on the South side of the building, enter the VGH campus from Heather St. Drive straight until you can turn right, following the building along your right hand side. You will see a covered area on your right hand side for drop off and pick up.
Please note: there is absolutely no parking in the drop off/pick up zone. Vehicles parked in this area will be towed at the owner's expense.
?Services are limited to City of Vancouver residents ages 17+ who are experiencing a non-life threatening Mental Health and/or Substance Use issue. If you are not sure, call us.
Your patient is eligible for Vancouver's Access & Assessment Centre services if they are:
A Vancouver Resident
An adult, age 17+
Experiencing a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue
Send your patient to the emergency department if they are experiencing acute or significant signs of:
Possible medical issues
Aggressive/ violent behaviour
Self & family initiated
Hospital emergency departments
Note: As of November 1, 2017, the Vancouver Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is no longer requiring paper referrals from external programs or family physicians. Faxed referrals received after this date will not be processed.
Please encourage your patient to walk in or call the AAC to receive services. Family physicians and external programs are still able to make phone referrals to the AAC by calling: (604) 675-3700
The AAC provides a single point of access to VCH mental health and substance use programs
Please contact AAC manager Georgina Maddern Georgina.Maddern@vch.ca to access detailed information about the AAC model.