Cowichan Lodge Tertiary Mental Health Facility

Cowichan Lodge is a tertiary mental health facility located in the Cowichan Valley and provides care for individuals experiencing severe and hard to treat mental health and neurocognitive challenges. Both the adult unit (27-bed) and seniors unit (24-bed) are managed by Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use program

Cowichan Lodge has a specialized team of care providers who work with clients and their families on a care plan with the goal to improve clients' well-being and independence and facilitate their transition to other levels of care and or independence.

Length of stay varies depending on individual needs, typically ranging from six months to two years. 

Adult Unit

The adult unit applies a psychosocial rehabilitation model which focuses on improving client health, quality of life and supporting community integration through vocational rehabilitation such as employment. The goal is to transition clients to more independent living.

Seniors Unit

The senior's unit provides specialized care for seniors with complex mental health diagnoses and/or complications of dementia. We use a client-centered and gentle persuasive approach to increase positive engagement. Client evaluation, treatment and care planning aims to maximize individual functioning and quality of life with the goal to transition clients to long-term care. 

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How to access services

Referral from a physician or health services care team is required. Please speak with your health care provider or contact your local Mental Health and Substance Use team

Health care providers can complete the Tertiary Mental Health Referral Form and email to

2041 Tzouhalem Rd
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 5L6


Fax: 250-709-3335


Cowichan, Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands