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Acute & short-term treatment services

We provide acute and short term treatment services provide assessment, stabilization and short-term treatment in hospital, community or home environments.

Examples of diagnoses treated by our services include:

  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Severe anxiety disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Symptoms requiring acute and short term treatment include:

  • Active suicidal thoughts or recent suicide attempt
  • Thoughts of harming others
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe mood swings
  • Mania
  • Disorganized speech and/or behaviour
  • Catatonia
  • Inability to function at home or at work

What mental health services are offered?

Psychiatry assessment & emergency units

Our psychiatry assessment and emergency units provide short-term assessment, stabilization and treatment services for individuals experiencing a psychiatric/mental health crisis.

Acute inpatient units

Our acute inpatient units provide assessment, care planning treatment and evaluation for adults who are acutely ill and frequently psychotic. Group and individual treatment and links with community services are a priority.

In additional to general psychiatry beds, many units specialize in specific conditions, such as psychosis, mood disorders or concurrent disorders.

Step Up/Down Services

Our step up/down services provide short-term crisis intervention and stabilization programs as an alternative to hospitalization. Treatment plans are created on admission and can include medication planning as well as daily living activities and admission to an afternoon drop-in program.

Acute Home-Based Treatment

Our acute home-based treatment is a short-term, mental health treatment in home settings. The team will visit your home to discuss your symptoms and prescribe and monitor medications as required.

How do I access these services?

Each program will have eligibility requirements based on age, geographic location and symptoms. You can access our services with a referral from your family doctor, psychiatrist or case manager. Referrals are also made through emergency departments.

Acute Home Based Treatment Program, North & West Vancouver
Acute Home Based Treatment Program, Richmond
Acute Home Based Treatment Program, Vancouver
Magnolia House, North & West Vancouver
Mood Disorders Inpatient Unit, UBC Hospital
Psychiatric Inpatient Services at HOpe Centre
Psychiatric Assessment Unit - Vancouver General Hospital
Brief Intervention Unit - Vancouver General Hospital
Richmond Bridge House
Psychiatry Inpatient Unit - East 1 General Psychiatry & Early Psychosis - Vancouver General Hospital
Psychiatry Inpatient Unit - West 1 - General Psychiatry & Concurrent Disorders - Vancouver General Hospital  
Psychiatric Emergency Unit - Richmond at Richmond Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Program - Lions Gate Hospital
Psychiatric In-Patient Unit, Sechelt Hospital
Venture, Vancouver

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