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Career opportunities with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) services for the forensic population, or clients who have come in contact with the law, are available from corporate to clinical career paths including nursing and allied health care professionals, physicians, social workers, administrative, housekeeping, food services and more. Learn more about the programs across Forensics:

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Forensic Psychiatric Hospital – Coquitlam

The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) provides treatment and care for clients and patients complex mental health issues who are in conflict with the law. The hospital's mandate is to work toward community integration when possible, recognizing that the prevalence of concurrent disorders (severe mental illness and addition to substances) makes this population particularly vulnerable to additional health challenges.

Join this multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other health care professionals, work in close partnership to make a difference in people's lives, across B.C. The team includes a wide range of support roles, including peer support workers, spiritual care practitioners, Indigenous Elders, and forensic service officers.

Forensic Psychiatric Regional Clinics

The clinics serve individuals in the community who have come into contact with the law, and who have mental health and/or substance use disorders. Trauma-informed care is vital for this population, with many clients and patients having experience with past stigma, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences. Assessments and treatment are provided by health care professionals, along with nursing support, supervision and monitoring.

Our regional clinics locations:

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Nanaimo
  • Prince George
  • Kamloops
  • Surrey

Each of the clinic sites is staffed by a multidisciplinary team, including psychiatrists, psychologists, medical physicians, RNs and RPNs, counsellors, and social workers. Team members are highly dedicated to their work, collaborating in providing coordinated care and support for clients, and committed to each other – consider joining the team for the opportunity to grow your own career in a supportive environment.

Enhanced Care Housing 

Enhanced Care Housing is a new initiative intended to support adults with mental health and substance use challenges and other health issues that are not adequately supported by the current model of supportive housing. It includes intensive, 24-hour housing support with specialized services, which will address daily living skills, help to implement better routines, increase awareness of mental illness, and promote vocational and educational engagement. 

This new BCMHSUS program provides an excellent opportunity to be part of the future of care for the forensic population, working with dedicated leaders who use an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach to develop services, from Day One! Safe, stable housing is a critical part of every client's journey to recovery. Enhanced Care Housing will aim to provide the best service possible for improved health outcomes for clients, helping them to safely reintegrate into the community. As a new supported housing program, the Enhanced Care Housing team will comprise both health care professionals and support positions for all aspects of daily living (e.g. food services, housekeeping).

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