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

Eligibility is determined by the level of intellectual disability as per the DSM-5 criteria based on deficits in intellectual functioning and deficits in adaptive functioning (core service).

Adult clients who do meet the DDMHT eligibility criteria (core service) may also meet eligibility for services with Community Living BC (CLBC) services.

Children and youth who do meet DDMHT eligibility criteria (14-18yo core service) may also meet eligibility for services with Ministry of Children and Family Development Child and Youth with Special Needs (MCFD CYSN) services. 

Please note the one time Child and Youth Consultation Service with DDMHT serves child/youth with special needs who meet the criteria for intellectual disability, but are younger than 14 yrs. and/or child/youth (age 5-19) with special needs, who do not meet eligibility requirements for intellectual disability, or may have difficulty meeting the criteria for or accessing Island Health Child and Adolescent psychiatry services, or MCFD/ CYMH services. Child/youth may also meet eligibility for services with Ministry of Children and Family Development Child and Youth with Special Needs (MCFD CYSN) services. 
 

General Information on Developmental Disability Mental Health Team

Referral Required?
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.

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