Author Archives: Chris Richardson

New centre at VGH streamlines care for mental health and substance use clients

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has opened a new centre to streamline access to mental health and substance use services. The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) at Vancouver General Hospital will take pressure off emergency departments and provide a central location where clients with mental health and substance use problems can access health care services and information, including an onsite assessment.

The Access and Assessment Centre consolidates a number of existing services under one roof, including Acute Home Based Mental Health Treatment, Mental Health Emergency Services (Car 87/88 partnership with Vancouver Police Department) and Vancouver Adult Mental Health Intake Assessment services. New services include self/family referrals, 24/7 phone & walk-in access, and in-depth screening to recommend the best next step for clients. Having one reception, phone and file for patients will lead to more coordinated service and care.

The AAC is a 24/7 Walk-in clinic and phone service for urgent and non-emergency access to VCH Mental Health and Substance Use services (phones & clinic are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). We provide onsite assessments, phone assessments and clinical outreach to adult (17+) Vancouver residents. No referral or appointment required.

Phone Number: 604.875.8289

Address: 711 West 12th Ave (enter through back lane behind 715 West 12th Ave “Health Centre”).

11’th Annual Family Conference: FROM CRISIS TO HOPE

The Annual Family Conference on Saturday April 23, 2016 in Vancouver is sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Family Advisory Committee, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and Mood Disorders Association of BC. For more detailed information on the conference  click here

Keynote Presentations include:
Access & Assessment Centre (AAC): A New Service for Vancouver Residents to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver
Monica McAlduff (Director, Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Acute, Tertiary & Urgent Services); George Scotton (Manager, Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre, ACT & AOT)

Finding Clarity in Chaos: Principles for Developing Health and Recovery
Dr. Diane Fredrikson (Physician Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention Program, VCH)

When Treatments are Inadequate – New Hope for Patients
Dr. Randall F. White (Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UBC)

Panel Discussions:
Support for Families in Need

How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care

Scientists identify key gene associated with addiction

A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry by a team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying addiction in humans. For more information on this exiting new finding click here

Father loses son to addiction, ends up in recovery himself and shifts from grief to action…..

Each week, CNN profiles someone who has faced a dramatic turning point in their life. This story describes how after losing his son to addiction, Kim Manlove found himself in a recovery centre and how he transitioned from grief to action to support other families struggling to find evidence-based addiction treatment in an environment dominated by stigma and shame. See the full story here…..