?The Youth Intensive Case Management Team (ICMT) is a multidisciplinary team with the goal of providing innovative, client-centered, and culturally sensitive services to youth ages 13 to 24 with complex needs (e.g. substance use, homelessness, mental health challenges). Goals consist of increased continuity of care and youth engagement in their own care as well as improved communication between the members of a youth's care team.
Download the Youth Intensive Case Management Team (YICMT) brochure.
The team consists of clinicians and case managers, youth outreach workers, an Indigenous cultural worker, nurse practitioners, social workers, an occupational therapist and housing worker. ?
Some reasons to refer to the Youth ICMT include:
Comprehensive case management of clients with complex needs
System navigation with clients
Professional consultation regarding client needs and appropriate services
Organization of a multi-agency care plan meeting
Mental Health and Substance Use Assessments for the purpose of treatment planning
Requiring support through transition
Services that youth can be connected to:
Access to primary care
Access to Opiate Agonist Therapy
Cultural and spiritual support and services
Outreach in the community
Referrals and help connecting with services including longer term community supports
Harm reduction supplies and education
OT assessment and support
Connection with pro-social supports
The team also encompasses a housing subsidy program called Transition into Independence (TIP) which offers a monthly housing subsidy for market housing for VCH catchment area youths ages 18 to 25. Youth are connected with a youth care worker providing case management and intensive support to youths. Youths can also be connected to primary care, cultural and spiritual support, case management or other community or treatment supports.
The team also offers a life skills group named the Transition group. The Transitions Group gives youth who are transitioning into adulthood the opportunity to learn life skills in a supportive, low-barrier environment along with Vancouver Coastal Health. Participants are between the ages of 17 and 24 and have had some involvement with MCFD or VACFSS. Examples of topics covered include: healthy eating, eating on a budget, income and identification, education and employment and physical and mental health.