This program is a resource to health authorities across BC that provides unique, highly specialized inpatient services to patients who require pharmacological, biophysical, psychosocial, and other treatments for psychotic illness when other treatment approaches have been ineffective or partially effective.
Research is an integral part of the program, and patients may be offered the opportunity to participate as a subject in a clinical trial or other research project. The expected length of stay is 4 - 6 months.
Staffing and programming include: Psychiatrists, Neuropsychiatrists, Nurses, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Peer Support, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Psychology, Dietician, General Practitioner and Pharmacists.
The BC Psychosis Program does not accept referrals from community practitioners or hospitals. Each Health Authority is responsible for implementing and coordinating its own referral process by way of the tertiary mental health facility within its region.
Referrals to the program from each Health Authority are from a single point of contact using theBC Psychosis Program - Referral Package.
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Refer to page 7 of the BC Psychosis referral information package for detailed instructions on finding BC Psychosis.
Appropriate patients will:
Be medically stable;
Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, affective disorder with psychosis, or non substance-related psychosis;
Have had inadequate or no response to at least two trials of antipsychotics (one of which is a second generation agent) by HA tertiary clinical teams;
Show incomplete recovery of social, vocational, or occupational functioning likely to respond to active intervention; and,
If present, substance use disorders, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental disability, personality disorder, aggression, or head injury is not the primary focus of treatment
Age range: 18 years and older
Refer to the BC Psychosis referral information package for more information on eligibility.