Be part of an innovative Regional Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. Make a difference in the lives of Canadian youth who are at acute risk due to mental health and substance use issues. You can now be part of British Columbia’s first-ever dedicated Youth Concurrent Disorders Unit, a 10-bed inpatient unit for the most seriously affected youth aged 13 to 18.
Access and Assessment Centre (AAC)
Our facility serves as a single point of access for all Vancouver adults in need of urgent assessments and Home Health and MH&A services. Operating 24 hours per day, the AAC will provide better, more easily accessible care, while eliminating the need for clients to navigate a complicated system or default to the Emergency Department (ED). Our aim is to reduce 70% of unnecessary ED visits, a reduction of 4,000 visits per year. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to leading edge work and inspire change in the Community. Join our new Mental Health & Addictions Access and Assessment Centre (MH&A AAC) team – the first of its kind in the province!
Prism alcohol and drug services
Prism is Vancouver Coastal Health’s clinical, education, information and referral service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is developing the next generation of health services for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood (DTES) – home to nearly 18,000 residents, many with complex health and social challenges. The community dynamics and health needs have changed over the past ten years and VCH is developing a more integrated health system that will coordinate services around client needs. This includes working closely with community service providers to ensure provision of client-centered, evidence-based and cost-effective care within a cohesive network of community based health services.
We have opportunities for healthcare professionals who are interested in contributing to improved health outcomes and quality of life for people with complex needs in the DTES.
Supervised injection site
Part of a continuum of services for people with chronic drug addiction, InSite was designed to be accessible to injection drug users who are not well connected to health care services. It’s part of a continuum of care for people with addiction, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. Insite is the first rung on the ladder from chronic drug addiction to possible recovery; from being ill to becoming well.
Many of our clients are older and have been using drugs for a long time. Their long-term drug use and chaotic lives have seriously compromised their overall health. About half of the people who use InSite are marginalized, which means they are homeless or living in shelters or have significant mental health issues.
Through InSite, clients develop trusting relationships with our health care and social workers, making them more likely to pursue withdrawal management (detox), addiction counselling and other addiction treatment services.