A new, leading-edge centre for mental health and addiction treatment and research in British Columbia, located on səmiq̓ʷəʔelə in Coquitlam, formerly the Riverview lands, replaces the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.
The new 105-bed facility will treat people across the province who live with the most severe, complex substance use and mental health issues. Recovery and treatment services like these are a key part of the continuum of mental health and substance use care in B.C. as well as a vital part of addressing B.C.'s opioid crisis.
The centre provides recovery and healing space through a new, evidence-based model of care that prioritizes trauma-informed practice, dignity, therapeutics spaces and programs, and virtual health care. The mode of care is based on our values and care principles and will focus not only on mental wellness and substance-free living, but also on clients' physical wellness, how they can live a meaningful life, and their eventual transition to care in their home communities.
Research shows that our physical environment plays a significant role in dignity, wellness, and recovery. Our clients’ physical environment is an essential part of their healing journey—mainly when they have experienced trauma.
The Red Fish Centre includes the following features:
- private client rooms and facilities
- calming and comforting interior design elements
- natural and therapeutic lighting
- green spaces and gardens
- Indigenous art and sacred spaces
- visiting and learning areas
- communal kitchen spaces
- places to meet with families and friends
The Red Fish Healing Centre prioritizes open, green spaces and therapeutic landscapes. Outdoor spaces feature gardens, trees and other natural elements as they play a role in wellness and recovery.
The building’s location and design align with BC Housing's vision
and plan to redevelop the Riverview site.
All elements of the Red Fish Healing Centre, including green spaces, natural light, private client rooms, and more, are designed with the needs of clients and patients in mind.
The new facility will feature dedicated space for research, knowledge exchange and education, as well as virtual technologies that will help us provide even more specialized services to our clients and patients. There will be rooms equipped with video recording and broadcast equipment, full wifi connectivity throughout the facility, Telehealth infrastructure to enable consults, and virtual care tools, including evidence-based e-mental health programs such as Breaking Free Online.
All client medical records at the Red Fish Healing Centre will be fully electronic, allowing care providers to spend more time caring for clients and less time waiting for information. This will also enable vulnerable clients to spend less time repeating their stories. Medication records will also be electronic, leading to better safety and fewer errors.
Many partners are participating in the design of the centre including staff,
physicians, the Indigenous community, and clients and their families.
location and design of the building aligns with BC Housing's vision and master
plan for the redevelopment of the Riverview site. The plan
prioritizes open, green spaces and therapeutic landscapes to promote space for
healing. Outdoor space at the centre includes gardens, trees and other natural
elements. All of these features play a role in wellness and
We look forward to welcoming clients in October 2021 and replacing the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.