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Forensic Regional Community Clinics

The Forensic Regional Community Clinics, located throughout British Columbia, help ensure that people who have come into contact with the law and live with significant mental health and substance use issues get the care, support and treatment they need.
About

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

Outside of these regional centres, a number of smaller satellite clinics operate out of Dawson Creek, Williams Lake, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Nelson, Castlegar, Campbell River, Courtenay and Duncan.

Locations

Interior & Northern Program

Kamloops Regional Clinic

Suite 5, 1315 Summit Drive 
Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 5R9 
Telephone: 250-377-2660 
Facsimile: 250-377-2688 

Prince George Regional Clinic 

2nd Floor, 1584 - 7th Avenue 
Prince George, BC, Canada, V2L 3P4 
Telephone: 250-561-8060 
Facsimile: 250-561-8075

Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley Program

Surrey / Fraser Valley Regional Clinic 

10022 King George Boulevard 
Surrey, BC, V3T 2W4 
Telephone: 604-529-3300 
Facsimile: 604-529-3333 

Vancouver Regional Clinic 

300 - 307 West Broadway 
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5Y 1P8 
Telephone: 604-529-3350 
Facsimile: 604-529-3386

Vancouver Island Program


Nanaimo Regional Clinic

101 - 190 Wallace Street 
Nanaimo, BC, Canada, V9R 5B1 
Telephone: 250-739-5000 
Facsimile: 250-739-5001 

Victoria Regional Clinic 

2840 Nanaimo Street 
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8T 4W9 
Telephone: 250-213-4500 
Facsimile: 250-213-4532
Services
These regional clinics are responsible for the supervision, monitoring and treatment of persons found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD) as well as any persons found Unfit to Stand Trial, but granted a conditional discharge by the BC Review Board. This includes monitoring the patient's progress in treatment and ensuring that the patient is adhering to the conditions set out in the Disposition Order provided by the BC Review Board. 

The regional clinics also conduct assessments that are ordered by the Courts of British Columbia. These assessments include evaluations for fitness to stand trial, evaluations of criminal responsibility (NCRMD) or pre-sentence psychiatric / psychological assessments. They also provide assessment and treatment services for individuals referred by BC Corrections who are subject to a legal order with specific conditions. 

These services are coordinated through 6 community clinics covering 3 geographic regions.
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Court-referred mental health and addiction treatment, assessment and monitoring

Care teams at the Forensic Regional Community Clinics provide mental health and substance use treatment and assessment to people who are in conflict with the law, whom we call forensic clients and patients.

The assessments we provide include evaluations of a person's fitness to stand trial, evaluations of criminal responsibility for a crime, and expert forensic pre-sentence psychiatric and psychological assessments. We provide these assessments at the request of the courts.

We also provide monitoring for people who are subject to the BC Review Board, which provides legal oversight to people in B.C. who have been found not criminally responsible for a crime or unfit to stand trial due to a mental disorder. This monitoring includes making sure that people are following their treatment as well as the conditions set by the BC Review Board, which might include living where directed or abstaining from drugs and alcohol.

Who are the Forensic Regional Community Clinics for?

Many clients and patients at the Forensic Regional Community Clinics are referred to us by the courts and are facing specific legal conditions. Others have previously received treatment at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, but have received a “conditional discharge” from the BC Review Board.

A conditional discharge means that someone who has been found not criminally responsible for a crime or unfit to stand trial due to a mental disorder is well enough to leave the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, but must still live where the BC Review Board directs and participate in monitoring and ongoing treatment. To learn more about the BC Review Board’s role with our clients and patients, visit the BC Review Board’s website.

What Forensic Regional Community Clinics clients and patients can expect

We believe that people, when properly supported, have the ability to manage most aspects of their lives. We focus on people's strengths and resources instead of on symptoms and problems. Clients and patients are key member of their treatment teams. Treatment is not happening to them, but with them — they are actively participating.

In addition to supervision and monitoring, the following mental health and addiction treatment services are available at the Forensic Regional Community Clinics:

  • Expert clinical forensic psychiatry and psychology assessments
  • Treatment and counselling for mental illness, substance use, and concurrent disorders (a combination of a severe mental illness and addiction)
  • Opioid agonist therapy
  • Nursing support
  • Counselling for concurrent disorders

Care team members include the following:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Social workers

Our care is evidence-based, which means it is informed by research, and trauma-informed, meaning staff and physicians work to ensure that people in our care feel safe, secure, and supported. Trauma-informed care is especially vital among forensic clients and patients given most of them have encountered stigma, trauma or adverse childhood experiences.

Where are the Forensic Regional Community Clinics located?

Most care services are provided at six community clinics in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kamloops and Surrey. We also provide care through a number of satellite sites elsewhere in B.C.



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