Urgent and Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment
Short Term Assessment and Treatment programs provide specific therapy to deal with acute mental health issues. Clients are assessed by a clinician and may receive brief problem focused one-to-one or group therapy and/or psychiatric consultation. If appropriate, individuals may be referred on to other services.
Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment (USTAT) Victoria
Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment (USTAT) provides short-term individual psychotherapy for patients in crisis, at risk, or in severe distress. With this service, clients are assigned to a primary therapist who does an initial assessment and establishes treatment goals. A team of psychiatrists is available as needed for consultation and follow up.
1250 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC V8W 2K7
Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT)
The Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) team provides short term services to adults with serious mental health conditions. Staff members are educated in both mental health and substance use issues. Attendance is voluntary. A clinician works with individuals to help them achieve their mental health goals.
- Individual therapy
- Group psycho-education
- Community resource information
- Connecting individuals to other appropriate services
Counselling Services – Community Based
In partnership with community-based service providers, Island Health is expanding access to counselling services for people experiencing moderate severity mental health and/or substance use concerns. A range of counselling services are available depending on the contracted service provider. Services include in-person and/or virtual counselling. Counselling sessions are time limited: Up to 12 sessions are available. These services are in addition to counseling services provided through MHSU programs.
Referrals to these counselling services is required. This occurs through the local Island Health intake office.
Mental Health Counselling Services:
- For youth and adults aged nineteen (19) and older who require mental health counselling and support services to manage issues of moderate severe mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and situational crisis.
- Clients with mild mental health concern may be referred for services in order to address the concern before it escalates in severity; these are assessed on a case-by-case basis as capacity for services permits.
Substance Use Counselling Services:
- Services to youth and adults aged nineteen (19) and older who require substance use counselling and support services to treat or manage substance use issues of moderate severity. This is defined based on the DSM 5 as individuals with three to five (3-5) symptoms, indicating moderate substance use disorder.
- Clients must be interested and able to engage in addictions counselling in regards to their substance (ie able to attend sessions not in withdrawal or intoxicated).
207-1040 Shoppers Row
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C6
941C England Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N 2N7
3088 Gibbins Road
Duncan, BC V9L 1E8
3151 Barons Road
4780 Roger Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3Z2
Port Hardy Mental Health and Substance Use Services
7070 Shorncliffe Avenue
Port Hardy, BC
Port McNeill Mental Health and Substance Use Services
2750 Kingcome Place
Port McNeill, BC
Salt Spring Island
102 – 321 Lower Ganges Road (Also the 3rd floor)
Ganges BC V8K 2V4
272 Main Street, PO Box 277
Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
General Information on Outpatient Treatment for Mental Health
Please see above for location details.