HOpe Centre

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

How to access

  • Check eligibility

    This service is for clients who :

    • are aged 13 to 18 years old;
    • a resident of the Vancouver Coastal Health region;
    • have severe mental health symptoms;
    • have current severe problematic substance use;
    • have severe functional impairment in 2 or more of the following: school/work, social relationships, housing, or self-care;
    • requires a comprehensive assessment and treatment initiation in a secure setting;
    • have exhausted community resources and/or are unable to manage in the community; and
    • have an identified community case manager as per the local determination.
  • Get a referral

    Access to the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre is by referral only and through your local Mental Health and/or Substance Use team.  

    Download the Carlile Youth Referral formOnce this is complete, please fax to Central Access and Discharge (CAD) at 1 (888) 857-0371.

    For questions regarding the referral process, contact CAD by phone at (604) 875-4111 ext. 23066 or email CAD@vch.ca.

Hours of operation

Currently open

We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Talk to the unit before visiting to determine the best time for your visit and what you should do when you arrive.

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

More about this service

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Youth Concurrent Disorders Services

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