As part of PHSA, we operate within the context of a larger mental health and substance use care system in which several organizations and stakeholders play key roles:
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction
- Ministry of Child and Family Development
- Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General
- B.C. Office of the Auditor General
- Regional health authorities
- Criminal justice system
- Community partners and agencies
- WorkSafe BC
- Patients, clients and families
Working with PHSA, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services supports these provincial health care goals as defined by the Ministry of Health:
- Support the health and well-being of British Columbians
- Deliver a system of responsive and effective health care services across B.C.
- Ensure funding is managed effectively
In support of these goals, we have three key strategic priorities for 2019-2020:
- Continuing to improve primary care for people incarcerated in B.C.'s correctional facilities through Correctional Health Services
- Redesign and expand adult mental health and substance use programs and services
- Continue to redesign, improve and expand our forensic psychiatric programs and facilities
- Implement Clinical Systems Transformation, a new electronic medical record system
Our strategic priorities and directions are directly related to our place in the provincial continuum of care for British Columbians with mental health or substance use concerns. This continuum includes various levels, or tiers, of care for people according to their needs. Most people need only lower-tier services available through their regional health authorities. These might include consultations with family doctors and specialists, counselling, psychology, and residential treatment for mental health and substance use issues.
A lesser number of people need higher-tier, specialized services because they suffer from more complex and severe mental health and substance use concerns. Their needs go beyond what the local health authorities offer.
Our strategic priorities and direction serve these clients and patients, who need the most specialized services available.
This diagram helps
illustrate our place on the continuum:
To learn more about our systems
work in B.C., including the care continuum, visit Leading the Response to the B.C.