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Youth Concurrent Disorders

We provide mental health consultation, assessment and treatment recommendations for children and youth up to age 25 from British Columbia and the Yukon with complex mental health and substance use concerns who have not responded to community treatment.
About

Concurrent disorders

Concurrent disorders describes more than one disorder occurring at the same time. More specifically, mental health concerns coupled with substance use concerns.  

Most youth with substance use disorders also have an emotional or behavioral disorders. Up to 40% of youth with mental health disorders also have a substance use disorder. Concurrent disorders are the expectation, not the exception. 

Concurrent disorders are complex and challenging to identify. The mental health concern may come first, using substances may come first, both concerns may start at the same time and mental health concerns and using substances may start separately.


Treatment

Treatment Approach

Concurrent Disorders are treatable. Both concerns need to be treated at the same time. Our programs are client-centered and work from a harm reduction approach. We use a family-based approach and recommend evidence-based treatments.  

Who we see

We see children and youth up to age 25 from British Columbia and the Yukon with complex mental health and substance use concerns who have not responded to community treatment. 

Access to the program is by referral only.

Services we Offer

  • A comprehensive psychiatric assessment with special attention to the role of substance use.
  • Treatment recommendations and liaison with community service providers as required.
  • Education regarding youth concurrent disorders including the complex nature of the interactions of substance use and mental health concerns.
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