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Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction

The Burnaby Centre has been replaced by the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, a 105-bed facility that provides integrated treatment for adults (19+) with the most severe and complex concurrent disorders in British Columbia.
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We fill a gap in service, meeting the complex needs of people who are homeless or living in unstable housing, who are vulnerable and who are affected by significant physical and mental health issues.

This program accepts clients on probation, as well as those using methadone.

Services we offer

  • Consultation
  • Assessment
  • Stabilization
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Education/Family Support

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are noted below:
  • Monday to Friday: 3:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & long weekends: 1:00pm-4:30pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm


Step-by-step process

Our programs are based on individual recovery and care planning for each person coming into the BCMHA. We offer a wide variety of professional support to meet the client’s needs.

Each client will be assigned a multidisciplinary team that will work with them on care planning.

The program is divided into two phases: Assessment/Stabilization followed by Treatment/Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Transitions in care 

After the initial Assessment/Stabilization period of approximately one to three months, which takes place in locked units, the client will transfer to one of the two open treatment units for Treatment/Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

In the treatment units, many different clinical staff members will support the client in achieving their goals.

All clients are expected to engage in group therapy treatment that focuses on healthy living and addiction and mental health issues, including a minimum of three daily groups.

While at BCMHA, we will ensure clients have the opportunity to stay in contact with their home health authority liaison to discuss progress and make plans for their return to the home community.

How long it takes

The amount of time spent at the BCMHA will vary depending on the client’s individual needs.

Most clients complete their treatment within six to nine months. Nine months is the maximum length of stay.
Preparing for treatment 

Your home health authority liaison will provide you with a client brochure outlining what to expect from the program and what to bring.

Our Team

A multidisciplinary team of professionals with specialized expertise in treating substance addictions and mental health disorders will collaborate with clients to meet their treatment goals.

The team includes psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, a pharmacist, a dietician, recreation therapists, psychologists, mental health & addiction support workers, art therapists, music therapists, a spiritual care practitioner, a peer support coordinator, an acupuncturist, a yoga therapist, a physiotherapist and a teacher.

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Please visit the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction page for up-to-date information about our services, including  information about programs, treatment and visiting hours.

The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction is no longer operational. Please update bookmarks on your web browser to redirect to the Red Fish Healing Centre web page.

SOURCE: Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction ( )
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