The pre-care program provides individual assessment, consultation with the referrer, and education for you and your family regarding inpatient admission.
Once your child has been accepted to our inpatient services you and your family will be assisted by one of our pre-care team members who will provide as much information as possible.
Each family's admission path looks different. Your child's admission may be voluntary or involuntary for more information see BC's Mental Health Act in Plain Language.
Many of the children and youth we work with have severe or ongoing challenges. We do not expect for all of their challenges to be resolved completely during their admission. Our goal is to complete a comprehensive assessment, begin treatment and provide recommendations for follow-up treatment and care once they have returned to their home community.
Our inpatient units use the principles of trauma-informed care and engagement. We provide a therapeutic environment based on recovery and learning and where access to mental health professionals is provided around the clock.
Therapy and interventions will be decided on based on your child's ongoing assessment and may include:
- Specific interventions based on your child's diagnosis
- Individual counselling
- Group meetings
- Medication management
- School planning
- Family therapy
- Family support groups
- Treatment planning
The interventions provided to you, your child and your family are focused on the strategies that will be most effective in your home environment.
Your child will participate in daily programming Monday through Friday. This schedule includes school, social skills groups, recreation activities, healthy living and community outings.
Evenings and weekends are less structured. Activities and outings may be planned by our staff, some children and youth may have visitors, and others may be out on a pass.
Evening and weekend passes are part of the assessment process and allow you, your child and your family the opportunity to practice the skills you have learned. These passes will be discussed and decided upon by you and your child's care team on your child's admission and before weekends.
As part of this process you, your child and your care team will set weekend goals. Once your child has returned from the weekend the goals will be reviewed and a discussion of how the weekend went will be completed with our staff.
Your child's stay can vary from a few days to several weeks.
Planning for your child's discharge begins at admission. The pre-care and post-care teams are available for information and support throughout your child's stay.
As your time with us comes to an end, our team will meet with you to share what we have learned about your child and future recommendations. A discharge planning session will be scheduled. During this time we will share our findings with you and your home community team. We will all work together to create a successful transition plan for you and your child.
There is also a post-discharge care team available to provide ongoing support to you, your family, and the community team.