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Community mental health services

 

We offer a wide array of multidisciplinary services, activities, resources, and health care professions to adults and older adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, and in the home. Clients primarily fall into one of two categories:

  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders, i.e. bipolar and major depressive disorders.
  • Services are also provided to people who have co-occurring disorders such as personality disorders, substance abuse/misuse, mental challenges, etc.

What programs and services are offered?

Community mental health teams

Our community mental health teams provide individual and group rehabilitation services in the areas of personal life, leisure, education and work. Our services involve the client and, if appropriate, their significant other and family members. Our services include:

  • Individualized mental health screening and assessment
  • Rehabilitation goal-setting
  • Basic support (access to activities)
  • Rehabilitation readiness assessment (exploration of service options, building confidence)
  • Rehabilitation processes (assistance with goal achievement)
  • Referral to other services and advocacy

Geriatric psychiatry outreach team

Our Geriatric psychiatry outreach team provides comprehensive geriatric psychiatry assessment and treatment. Our program is intended for patients greater than 65 years old and suffering from dementia, delirium, disruptive behaviour, incontinence, failure to thrive as well as those with increased risks of institutionalization.

Vancouver/Richmond Early Psychosis Intervention Program

Our Vancouver/ Richmond Early Psychosis Early Intervention Program provides early identification and treatment for psychosis so symptoms don't become unmanageable and disruptive to your life. Some of the services we provide are:

  • Individual counselling
  • Family meetings
  • Group sessions

Youth living in Richmond and Vancouver, aged 13- 30, are eligible for our program. We also work with families of people who are experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time.

Vancouver Intensive Supervision Unit (VISU)

VISU provides intensive supervision and services to clients with mental illnesses serving adult sentences in the community. Assistance with treatment, housing, living skills, financial management and health care is provided in addition to supervision of court orders.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team provide community treatment and rehabilitation for clients struggling with mental illness who may also have severe substance use addictions. Our program provides long-term, 24/7 health care and life skills supports including:

  • Job training
  • Assistance with finding independent housing
  • Social interaction counselling
  • Maintaining physical and mental wellness

Assertive Outreach Team (AOT)

The Assertive Outreach Team (AOT) supports patients who suffer from severe addictions and mental health issues and transition them from local emergency departments in Vancouver to appropriate community services. 

Who’s eligible?

Our programs serve clients over the age of 19 who are diagnosed with a major mental illness and experiencing significant problems that interfere with their functioning in the community.

Is there a cost?

These services are free-of-charge.

How do I access these services?

Our services can be accessed with a referral through the Access and Assessment Centre (AAC), or by a family physician, psychiatrist or nurse practitioner. The Vancouver/ Richmond Early Psychosis Intervention Program also accepts self-referrals. For more information on how to access a specific service, contact the program below:

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