New site, new model of care
We are building a new provincial tertiary mental health and substance use treatment centre on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam for adults with severe substance use and mental health issues.
The Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CMHA) will be a new 105-bed provincial facility in Coquitlam located on the Riverview lands. The centre will replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
and is scheduled to open in late 2019. The new facility will be a more therapeutic space for those living with complex mental health challenges and substance use concerns.
The new centre will be a key part of the continuum of specialized services provided by BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services.
It will be a centre of excellence in the care and treatment of people with severe mental health and substance use challenges and increase the current capacity at the Burnaby Centre by 11 beds. The Ministry of Health, through funding provided to PHSA, has committed almost $101 million in capital funding to design and build the new centre.
The location and design of the building will align with the vision and master plan prepared by BC Housing (see "A vision for renewing Riverview" on the Renewing Riverview
website) for the redevelopment of the Riverview site. The redevelopment plans outline the importance of trees, open spaces and therapeutic landscapes on the proposed building site.
The CMHA Project has concluded the RFP evaluation. EllisDon Corporation - Parkin Architects Limited has been selected as the preferred proponent.
Demolition of the Unit 8 building will begin shortly, with ground breaking occurring sometime in Summer/Fall 2017.