Emergency and mental health review
In 2012 Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care initiated an independent, external review of emergency department, mental health and addiction services. The review examined how to provide care for people with mental health and substance misuse concerns and offered 22 recommendations to improve care.
VCH and PHC fully accepted the findings and established a team to address the review’s recommendations. This team included senior leaders from VCH, PHC, Vancouver Community Corrections, Vancouver Police Department, Ministry of Health as well as patient, family and public representatives.