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Caring for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges

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What is complex mental health and substance use?

We treat the most ill, most vulnerable people in B.C., whose needs go beyond what they can access in their communities. One frequent example of the kind of complex illness we treat is a concurrent disorder, which is defined as a combination of a severe mental illness and substance use disorder.                           Learn about complex mental health and addiction 

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More overdoses can be prevented with interventions for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulantsMore overdoses can be prevented with interventions for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulantshttp://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/more-overdoses-prevention-with-interventions-for-people-leaving-correctional-centres-using-stimulants2022-11-23T08:00:00Z
New resources aim to facilitate open dialogue about mental health and substance useNew resources aim to facilitate open dialogue about mental health and substance useConversations about a person’s mental illness or substance use can be challenging, but listening with the intent to understand plays a big part in supporting recovery. To help facilitate open dialogue, BCMHSUS has created new resources.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/new-resources-help-facilitate-dialogue-on-mental-health-substance-use2022-11-22T08:00:00Z
Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO learning sessions help democratize knowledge around mental health and substance use careProvincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO learning sessions help democratize knowledge around mental health and substance use careAs part of its commitment to building capacity among clinicians and care providers to provide better mental health and substance use services, BCMHSUS has launched a Project ECHO, a series of evidence-based, interactive, learning sessions.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/provincial-mental-health-substance-use-echo-supports-collaborative-learning2022-11-03T07:00:00Z
Improving health outcomes for people in corrections: Researching the transformation of prisons into therapeutic settingsImproving health outcomes for people in corrections: Researching the transformation of prisons into therapeutic settingsDr. Amanda Butler received a Research Trainee Award from the Michael Smith Health Research BC for her research, which aims to evaluate the impact of therapeutic communities in correctional sites on the health of clients who use drugs.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/research-aims-to-improve-health-outcomes-in-corrections2022-10-27T07:00:00Z
Community Transition Teams expand to support more British Columbians leaving correctionsCommunity Transition Teams expand to support more British Columbians leaving correctionsMore people will get mental-health and substance-use support when leaving correctional centres as BCMHSUS and the provincial government create new and expanded services for those at risk.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/community-transition-teams-expand-to-support-more-british-columbians-leaving-corrections2022-10-03T07:00:00Z

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