Developmental Disability Mental Health Team

The Developmental Disability Mental Health Team (DDMHT) is an Island Health program that provides assessment and consultation services within Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU). Our main office is in Victoria, satellite offices are located in Nanaimo and Courtenay and from these locations we serve all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. 

This mainstream service provides non-crisis mental health assessment and consultation by a multidisciplinary team. The service is available to adults and youth 14 years and older, who have a demonstrated developmental disability/ intellectual disability and co-existing mental health issue, challenging behaviour and/ or substance misuse.   

Services may include psychiatry, psychology and nursing support. 

We work in collaboration with clients and members of the community support network to facilitate treatment planning.

View the Developmental Disability Mental Health Team Overview (PDF).

We have a new one-time psychiatric consultation service for children and youth available through DDMHT: Children and youth one time psychiatric consultation service

Access Services

To be eligible for our main stream services, adult clients must be registered as *eligible (see note below) for Community Living BC (CLBC) services.

Children and Youth must be eligible for services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) /Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) service division.

*Note:  Eligibility is determined by the diagnostic criteria in DSM IV- for *mental retardation (MR) Traditionally, DDMHT has used the term ‘developmental disability’ to mean the same as mental retardation.

General Information on Developmental Disability Mental Health Team

Referral Required?
How to Get Referral

For Adults
Referrals & inquiries can be made to a Community Living BC (CLBC) representative. If eligible, a CLBC facilitator will complete and forward an application for service to DDMHT or a Primary Care Provider (GP/NP) can faxed a completed Medical Referral for DDMHT Psychiatric Assessment to 250-519-3518.

For Children and Youth 14-18yrs
Referrals/inquiries can be made to your local MCFD/Children and Youth with Special Needs office. If eligible, the MCFD Social worker will complete and forward an application for services to DDMHT or a Primary Care Provider (GP/NP) can faxed a completed Medical Referral for DDMHT Psychiatric Assessment to 250-519-3518.

For Children and Youth 5-18yrs
One-time child and youth with special needs psychiatric consultation service available through DDMHT, with a completed Children and Youth Psychiatric Consultation Services Referral Form faxed to 250-519-3518.

Contact Us

3939 Quadra Street

Finding Us

3939 Quadra Street

Learn About

News & Events

Code Hack 2020

Code Hack is back!

Are you ready for an exciting challenge that could help shape the future of health care? Island Health is looking for 100 people to participate in a 24-hour design sprint that aims to generate fresh ideas to improve health care.

Read more

Women hugging holding yoga mats

Island Health Magazine Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 issue of Island Health magazine encourages readers to live their healthiest life. Read features on how to keep your resolutions; re-thinking “diets” and some delicious soup recipes. Also included in this issue are articles about the stigma of mental illness and an Island Health Research project on dementia.

Read more

port alice

Temporary service reduction at Port Alice Health Centre

Island Health is advising that, despite significant effort to fill shifts, there is a temporary shortage of registered nurses and physicians over the holiday season resulting in a temporary service reduction at the Port Alice Health Centre.

Read more