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BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) is an agency of BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), providing a diverse range of specialized, “one-of-a-kind” tertiary-level mental health services to people across the province.

BCMHSUS takes a provincial leadership role, working with an extensive network of community partners as a support and resource to service providers throughout BC. As well, the agency contributes significantly to research and knowledge exchange in the field of mental health.

Forensic Psychiatric Services

The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is an internationally acclaimed, state-of-the-art facility, and is considered one of the most advanced treatment centers of its kind in Canada. The hospital provides court-related psychiatric assessment, treatment and community case management for adults with mental illness who are in conflict with the law.

In addition to the services provided at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, services are provided on an outpatient basis through regional programs coordinated by six community clinics in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kamloops and Surrey.

Forensic Psychiatric Services supports a team approach to patient care and support. Our specialized mental health teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, health care workers, and rehabilitation specialists.

Heartwood Treatment Centre

Heartwood is for women (including transgendered women), who are BC residents aged 19 or older with current substance dependence. Heartwood is a robust program offering full continuum of residential treatment, including stabilization.

Your privacy when applying for a job with us

The Provincial Health Services Authority and its member agencies respect your right to privacy and takes seriously its responsibilities regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information. 

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of BC, section 26 (c). 

The personal information that you provide when applying for a job with PHSA or one of its Agencies will be used to assess your qualifications and suitability as a potential employee of the PHSA or one of our Agencies. We may also collect and use additional personal information provided by you or your references in the course of the evaluation and hiring process that will become part of your employment file if you are a successful candidate.

Your information will be shared with our staff on a “need to know” basis. We do not sell or rent the information you provide to us to third parties. However, we do contract with a service provider to assist us in maintaining and managing our databases and to communicate with job applicants. We do not authorize this third party to make any other use of your information. 

  • See Privacy on the PHSA website for more information.

Under certain circumstances, some personal information may be disclosed pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of BC. For example, where we believe in good faith that the law requires disclosure of such information in response to legal process and law enforcement rights.

  • If you have any questions about the management of your personal information during the recruitment process, please contact PHSA Human Resources External Recruitment Services at careers@phsa.ca.
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