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The Youth Intensive Case Management Team (ICMT) is a multidisciplinary team that provides innovative, client-centered, and culturally sensitive services to youth with complex needs (i.e. substance use, homelessness, mental health challenges).
Goals consist of increased continuity of care and youth engagement in their own care as well as improved communication between the members of a youth's care team.
Services offered include:
- access to primary care,
- access to Opiate Agonist Therapy,
- cultural and spiritual support and services,
- outreach in the community,
- referrals and help connecting with services including longer term community supports,
- harm reduction supplies and education,
- Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment and support,
- treatment planning, and
- connection with pro-social supports.
What to expect
“A team like this will give hope to youth who feel they can’t survive in this world.”
– Breezy, Youth Peer
Youth ICMT goals are increased continuity of care and youth engagement in their own care as well as improved communication between the members of a youth’s care team.
The ICMT Team includes:
- team leader,
- intake clinicians,
- case managers/clinicians,
- youth outreach workers,
- cultural worker,
- Nurse Practitioners,
- Social Worker, and
- Occupational Therapist.
Youth Intensive Care Management Team brochure
Transition into Independence (TIP)
The team also encompasses a housing subsidy program called Transition into Independence (TIP) which offers a monthly housing subsidy for market housing for VCH catchment area youths ages 18 to 25. Youth are connected with a youth care worker providing case management and intensive support to youths. Youths can also be connected to primary care, cultural and spiritual support, case management or other community or treatment supports.
The Transition Group
The team also offers a life skills group named the Transition group. The Transitions Group gives youth who are transitioning into adulthood the opportunity to learn life skills in a supportive, low-barrier environment along with Vancouver Coastal Health.
Participants are between the ages of 17 and 24 and have had some involvement with MCFD or VACFSS.
Examples of topics covered include:
- healthy eating,
- eating on a budget,
- income and identification,
- education and employment, and
- physical and mental health.