A new hospital unit dedicated for youth with mental health and substance use challenges will be built at the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital. The 10-bed unit is for youth aged 13 to 18 who reside in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region. The unit is expected to open in spring 2017.
West Vancouver philanthropists Jack and Leone Carlile donated $2 million of the $5 million capital cost to build and furnish the unit. The couple and members of their family were on hand at an event March 30 to kick off further fundraising efforts by the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Health Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux and VCH CEO Mary Ackenhusen were also there to make the announcement.
The youth unit will be called Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorder Centre and will add to existing provincial supports to address the needs of youth living with addictions and/or mental illness.
“We thank Mr. and Mrs. Carlile for their generous gift. The new unit will allow us to provide improved care to youth, so teenaged patients will be better served at a crucial time in their lives, when some life-long mental-health and addiction challenges are first diagnosed and respond well to treatment,” said VCH President and CEO Mary Ackenhusen.
The unit will have a higher ratio of staff than an adult unit, and will be designed to be a welcoming and safe space, rather than a traditional hospital setting. It will have:
- private bedrooms with natural sunlight
- spacious recreation and treatment areas
- access to a gym
- private spaces to reflect, read or play guitar
- areas where family members can spend time with their child or talk with staff
The unit will focus on assessment and stabilization of patients with short stays of 14 to 20 days. Patients will be able to continue with school work to normalize their schedules and support their recovery journeys.
The unit will be located on the third floor, separate from the adult inpatient unit on the fourth floor of the HOpe Centre.
Opened in 2014, HOpe Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, purpose-built to provide seamless integrated mental-health and addiction services both in hospital and as outpatient services. It is named for donors Greta and Robert Ho.
- 10-bed inpatient designed specifically to meet the unique needs of youth age 13-18 with serious concurrent disorders (mental health combined with substance use.)
- Located in the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital
- Multidisciplinary treatment team including: psychiatrists, psychologist, occupational therapist, nurses, youth care counsellors, social workers, concurrent disorders therapist and school support staff
- Assessment, stabilization, withdrawal management, treatment initiation, specialized therapeutic programming and community-based planning
- Active participation from youth, parent/caregivers & the youths’ community resources to develop individualized treatment plans
- Linkages to community partners and clear referral pathways to support patient transition from community to hospital and back
- Alignment with recommended best practices such as trauma informed, recovery focused and culturally competent care
- Telehealth linkages to support youth in rural and remote communities
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