A new, leading-edge centre for mental health and addiction treatment and research in British Columbia, located on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam, will replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction in 2021.
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.
One-of-a-kind, evidence-based model of care
A new leading-edge, evidence-based health care model, based on our values and care principles, will focus not only on mental wellness and substance-free living, but also on clients' physical wellness, how they can better live a meaningful life, and their eventual transition to care in their home communities.
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. Research shows that a client's physical environment is an important part of their healing journey—particularly when they have experienced trauma.
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 infrastrcture 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 allow 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 2021 and replacing the outdated Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.