HOpe Centre

Update regarding Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is committed to providing care for young people with acute mental health and substance use needs. 

Over the coming months, the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre will transition to a new model of care focused on acute, inpatient mental health and substance use supports for older youth and young adults aged 17 to 25 years old.

The current model of care at Carlile will begin to transition on March 15. Moving forward, youth aged 13 to 18 years old in need of mental health and substance use supports will be able to access care through community- and hospital-based programs, as appropriate. VCH will be working closely with current Carlile clients and those on the waitlist to determine how to best meet their individual needs and support them through this transition. For more information regarding available mental health and substance use services in the VCH region:

VCH cares deeply about the health and wellness of youth and young adults. We appreciate the understanding of patients and their families, staff, medical staff, and health care partners during this transition, and will provide additional details regarding the new Carlile program in the coming weeks.

Need help immediately?

If there is an urgent safety concern, please call 9-1-1 or go to emergency at your nearest hospital.

Suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433

Call BC Crisis Line: 604-310-6789

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

KUU-US Crisis Support Line (BC Wide Indigenous Toll Free Crisis and Support Line): 1-800-588-8717

The Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre supports youth 13 – 18 years of age who are experiencing combined mental health and problematic substance use concerns.

Hours of operation

Currently open

We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Visiting hours may vary depending on the unit. Please call the Lions Gate Hospital main line at (604) 988-3131 to determine visiting times before your visit.

Parking & transportation

Paid parking is available underground at the HOpe Centre. There is also two-hour street parking located close to the HOpe Centre. 

About the Centre

Mental illness and substance misuse affects every aspect of an individual’s life, creating particular challenges for young people who are struggling to finish school, develop a career and find their place in the community.

Youth have unique needs that are not well served in traditional adult or paediatric mental health inpatient settings, so the Carlile Centre serves as a “hub” for clinical expertise, accepting referrals from across VCH and filling a gap in the current continuum of care for youth.

This expertise, combined with a warm, homelike environment will ensure youth with concurrent disorders benefit from leading-edge, best practice mental health and substance use treatment.

We focus on helping youth as they manage their substance use and mental health concerns by providing: 

  • Multidisciplinary treatment team consisting of psychiatrists, a psychologist, occupational therapist, nurses, youth care counsellors, social workers, concurrent disorders therapist and teacher 
  • Diagnostic clarification and medication management
  • Individualized treatment plans incorporating the youth’s needs and goals
  • Medically managed detox
  • A safe and welcoming environment and culturally competent care
  • Ways to build coping skills
  • Opportunities to create positive connections and skills through a range of therapeutic approaches
  • Connection with support systems (families, friends, community etc.)  
  • Discharge planning to provide sustainable support for youth

Lions Gate Hospital (LGH)

​Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) provides a full range of general and many specialized acute care services, including general medicine, emergency and critical care, general surgery, orthopedics, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatry, chemotherapy, cardiac care, diagnostics, nuclear medicine, palliative care, rehabilitative services and neurosurgery.

Youth Concurrent Disorders Services

Youth concurrent disorders services provide counselling treatment for youth dealing with mental health and substance use issues simultaneously.