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BC Psychosis Program

The BC Psychosis Program provides unique, highly specialized inpatient services to patients who require treatment for psychosis.
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The BC Psychosis program is a provincial resource funded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and operated by Vancouver Coastal Health. The program is located at the UBC Hospital, and provides unique, highly specialized inpatient services to patients who require treatment for psychosis. Patients are referred to this program when other treatment approaches have been ineffective or partially effective.

Research is an integral part of the program, and patients may be offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial or other research project. Most clients stay in the program for an average of 4 to 6 months.

Who's eligible for this program? 

The following types of clients may be an appropriate fit for this program:

  • Medically stable
  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, affective disorder with psychosis, or non substance-related psychosis
  • Have had inadequate or no response to at least two trials of antipsychotic medications (one of which is a second-generation antipsychotic)
  • Show incomplete recovery of ability to function in daily life (e.g., socially, in the workplace, etc.)
  • Are likely to respond to active intervention
  • May also be experiencing substance use disorders, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental disability, personality disorder, aggression (although this is not the primary focus of treatment).
SOURCE: BC Psychosis Program ( )
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