Programs and Services

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

The ABI program provides assessment, consultation, case management, life skills service, individual and family support, and education for adults with an acquired brain injury.

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Adult Addictions Day Treatment Program (AADTP)

The Adult Addiction Day Treatment program provides a client centered approach to wellness. The program focuses on assisting individuals to achieve greater responsibility for their individual recovery, provides access to resources for on-going support and uses the harm reduction model to promote quality health and well-being.

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Adult Residential Services

Adult residential services are available at a number of locations and provide a varying level of care for adults with mental health or substance use issues. (Additional residential resources are provided through contracted agencies, however are not included in the resources noted here).

Tertiary resources provide a 24/7 bedded psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery service with both medium and long term programing for clients with serious and persistent mental illness.

In collaboration with Mental Health team leads, the resources are managed through a Northern Health Mental Health and Substance Use Tertiary Resource Utilization Coordinator which provides a system of bed management across Northern Health.

Northern Health sites and resources include:

Northwest Health Service Delivery Area:

Northeast Health Service Delivery Area:

Northern Interior Health Service Delivery Area:

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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Services are targeted to complex clients in the greatest need of ACT services. Admission criteria are based on the Program Standards for Assertive Community Treatment teams in British Columbia (March, 2008). 

The service delivery model is client centred, recovery-oriented and provided by a group of interprofessional mental health staff with a typical client to staff ratio of 10:1. The team is mobile, delivers outreach services in community locations and operates 7 days a week, 12 hours per day.

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Clubhouses and Activity Centers

Northern Health also partners with or provides clubhouses and activity centers in communities across the Northern region. These centers operate in a partnership model with members and staff working side by side as colleagues in an environment of support, acceptance, and commitment to the potential contribution and success of each individual.

The Clubhouse is based on a model of psychosocial rehabilitation providing a comprehensive program of support for people with severe mental illness. Clubhouses are places where people have a sense of belonging as contributing adults and offer a tiered employment program designed to integrate interested members back into meaningful, gainful employment in communities.

Clubhouses generally offer a wide array of other member services, including housing support and placement, advocacy, financial planning, evening and weekend social programs and continuing education support.

Activity Centers are also based on a psychosocial rehabilitation model, and provide day activities and social skills training, including basic living skills in a safe environment to promote the opportunities for self determination and well being. Activities may include crafts and art programs such as painting, mosaics, card making, weaving, stone carving, and pottery. Activity Centre models vary in terms of services and program design in communities.

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Community Acute Stabilization Team (CAST)

CAST provides integrated Mental Health and Addiction services to adults 19 years of age and older presenting with a variety of Mental Health and Addiction diagnoses.

These include Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Concurrent Substance Related Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorders, Grief, Adjustment Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post-Partum Depression. 

Services are provided to individuals who exhibit psychiatric symptoms of sufficient severity to bring about significant impairment in their ability to function day to day.

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Community Mental Health & Addiction (Generalist Teams)

In communities outside of Prince George, the Mental Health and Addiction community programs offer services that include a combination of CRU, CAST and COAST functions with Interprofessional teams, as well as some specialty services, i.e. Developmental Disabilities Mental Health (DDMH), Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), etc. 

Youth addictions counselling and referral, elderly services counselling, early psychosis, eating disorders, vocational and recreation rehabilitation is also available at most community Mental Health and Addiction programs.

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Community Outreach and Assertive Services Team (COAST)

Comprehensive treatment for adults based on a Psycho-Social Rehabilitation model with a Mental Health or Addiction diagnoses: Psychosis; Schizophrenia; Schizoaffective disorder; Bipolar I and II; Co-occurring Substance Related disorders; Developmental Disabilities above 70.

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Community Response Unit (CRU)

CRU acts as an entry point for Mental Health and Addiction programs, agencies and supports by facilitating referral and access to services. CRU provides brief assessments, short term supportive counselling and crisis intervention, in a variety of environments to meet the needs of the clients.

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Developmental Disabilities Mental Health (DDMH)

The DDMH program provides assessment, consultation, and short term treatment services to individuals 14 and older who meet the diagnostic criteria for a developmental disability (IQ of 70 or below) and who have a mental illness and/or challenging behaviours.

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Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI)

Available to individuals residing in the Prince George community, the EPI program provides assessment, treatment, case management, groups, and medication management for individuals experiencing first break psychotic episodes as well as individual, family, and community education.

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Eating Disorders Clinic

The EDC program provides assessments, consultation, and treatment, as well as individual and family education and support for children, youth and adults with eating disorders, specifically anorexia and bulimia nervosa. 

Services are also offered on case by case basis for those diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Craving Change group sessions are offered throughout the year for individuals struggling with Binge Eating Disorders. 

The program offers in person support to clients living in Prince George, as well as regionally supports clients with assessment via telehealth and supports the development of multi-disciplinary care team for individuals in their home community. 

The program also serves as the gateway for the north to access tertiary specialized programs such as inpatient units at St Paul’s and BC Children’s Hospitals and the Looking Glass Residence.

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Elderly Services

Elderly Services provides assessment and consultative services for adults 65 and over with a new onset mental health issue or whose mental health issues is complicated by diseases of aging or who is experiencing dementia of any age.

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Methadone Program

This program provides methadone treatment services to individuals with drug dependency and offers individual counselling, education, support, and methadone treatment interdisciplinary case management.

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Prevention Services

Northern Health, Mental Health and Substance Use offers a number of community/prevention services and supports by providing education and training to caregivers, schools, Parent Advisory Committees, Public Health Nursing, First Nations communities, and other community partners to develop mental health and substance use awareness, prevention strategies, and pathways for services.

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Provincial Resources

Northern Health utilizes Provincial Mental Health & Addiction resources which support the assessment, stabilization, and treatment of clients in Northern Health Mental Health and Substance Use.

Referrals to these services are managed through a Northern Health Mental Health and Substance Use Tertiary Resource Utilization Coordinator which provides a system of bed management ensuring tertiary clients across Northern Health are able to access the appropriate resource at the most appropriate time.

Provincial Tertiary Resources include:

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Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services is a multidisciplinary service that includes Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The program goals are to assist individuals in increasing their independence by providing opportunities for skill building, community integration and socialization. Rehabilitation Services are a support service to other mental health and substance use services and are included in client care planning.

Recreation Therapy:

  • Residential services: goal/action planning, activities, community outings, Peer support and volunteer program supervision.
  • Community groups: recreation groups focusing on increasing socialization, community integration and leisure skills.
  • Community needs assessment: goal/action planning and goal reviews
  • Special events planning/implementation

Occupational Therapy (OT):

  • OT assessments for life skills and functional abilities.
  • Skills training and support

Vocational Rehabilitation:

  • Needs assessment: goal/action planning and goal review.
  • Support in finding/maintaining work/volunteer placements.
  • Assistance with education goals.
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Supportive Independent Living

NH MHA provides housing subsidy allowance for eligible Mental Health and substance use clients under the Supportive Independent Living Program (SILP).

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Supportive Living / Supportive Recovery Beds

Northern Health provides a number of residential care options for various levels of supportive living, as well as supportive recovery beds (through contracted services with a variety of community agencies) to assist clients who are seeking addiction treatment with housing options while enrolled in an addiction treatment program.

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Youth Community Outpatient Service

Available to youth and young adults residing in the Prince George community, the YCOS program provides outreach to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues through assessment, individual and group therapy, case management, life skills training, recreational activities, and family support. 

This services operates out of the Prince George Foundry site located at 1147 7th Ave. Foundry offers additional services as well for youth and young adults including screening and support based on stepped model of care, single session walk in counselling, physical and sexual health support from a registered nurse, as well as, physicians and a nurse practitioner, and social services support.

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