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Mental Health & Substance Use Networks

The Mental Health Programs at BC Children's Hospital supports a system of Provincial Specialized Mental Health & Substance Use Knowledge Exchange Networks.
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Each of these networks brings together health care providers and administrators from each regional health authority, as well as government and community partners, to share information and collaborate on initiatives to strengthen the system of mental health and substance use care across the province.

The networks provide a mechanism to:

  • Strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Solicit input on service planning and policy development
  • Facilitate provincial knowledge exchange
  • Support unique projects that address gaps and challenges in the current system of care

The four networks and their mandates are: 

‎Focuses on the mental health of children, adolescents and young adults across BC, prioritizing the standardization and quality of inpatient psychiatric care, establishing provincial outcome measures, and supporting community provider capacity.

‎Focuses on improving services for youth and young adults with concurrent mental health and substance use challenges across BC, prioritizing the improvement of community provider capacity, responding to the toxic drug crisis and cannabis legalization, and addressing complex challenges such as information sharing and secure care for youth with severe substance use challenges.

‎Focuses on improving services for eating disorders patients of all ages across BC, prioritizing the collaboration of care across tertiary programs, supporting community provider capacity, and contributing to the development of high quality services that respond to patient needs.

‎‎Focuses on knowledge exchange related to mental health and substance use prevention and literacy across the lifespan.

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For more information about the networks, please contact Shannon Vogels at

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