The Forensic Psychiatric Services Community Transitional Care (CTC) Program provides care for forensic psychiatric clients in a community-based setting.
Located at the Riverview campus, the program provides transitional housing, expert clinical assessment, treatment, counselling and support to clients re-integrating into the community from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Launched in 2003, it is operated in partnership with the Coast Mental Health Foundation. The program provides housing for 42 clients in nine cottages and two modular homes. In addition, it provides support to clients in semi-independent living apartments located in Coquitlam. This partnership received the 2011 Award of Merit for Collaborative Solutions at the Excellence in BC Health Care Awards ceremony.
The CTC Program is a one-of-a-kind program in BC; currently it is the only community-based forensic facility providing this level of care to clients. The program is evidence-based and follows best practices in forensic psychiatric care. It is grounded in the following approaches:
We follow a trauma and violence informed practice approach at the individual, group and structural levels. At the organizational level, structures and supports that are trauma and violence informed promote compassion and health equity. Stigma and violence are common experiences for people with mental health and substance use problems across care settings.
The program operates within a bio-psycho-social rehabilitation framework that promotes wellness and enhances practical living skills while instilling hope and motivation for personal change. Staff who have Indigenous cultural competency training are critical to ensure the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of Indigenous people receiving care across the program.
Strength based and recovery focus
The program focusses on strengths and follows the belief that people, when properly supported by their cultural and social institutions, have the inherent ability to manage and control most aspects of their lives. We focus on client's strengths and resources rather than on symptoms and problems.
The program uses a relational approach to evoke clients' strengths, internal resources and autonomy to improve their commitment to recovery and integration into the community.
Cultural acceptance and competency
A culturally appropriate approach is important in order to ensure a safe and respectful environment. In the case of Aboriginal clients, we seek out close collaboration and connections with elders and spiritual leaders, when desired.
We use a harm reduction approach that accepts clients at their present state and uses their ideas and strengths to help them achieve their goals for change, community integration and placement.