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Community Transitional Care Program for Forensic Clients and Patients

Our specialized provincial programs represent only part of people’s recovery journeys.


The Community Transitional Care Program, located in Coquitlam, B.C., helps ensure that forensic clients and patients who need support as they transition back home continue to receive the care they need.

Who are transitional and supportive housing programs for?

Our transitional and supportive housing programs are designed for people who 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 live outside the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, but must still live where as directed and participate in monitoring and ongoing treatment.

To learn more about the BC Review Board and their legal oversight of patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, visit BC Review Board’s website.

Community Transition Care Program: Comprehensive support for clients and patients

Our Forensic Community Transitional Care Program is for people who need high levels of support following their treatment and conditional discharge at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. We offer 41 beds divided among nine cottages and two modular homes. All are located on the Riverview Lands, in close proximity to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital should a client or patient need to be re-admitted.

Forensic Community Transitional Care Program: What to expect

We believe that people, when properly supported, have the inherent ability to manage most aspects of their lives. We focus on people’s strengths and resources rather than on symptoms and problems. Our clients and patients are key members of their treatment teams. Treatment is not happening to them, but with them — they are actively participating. 

Support staff members are on site at the Community Transition Care Program cottages and modular homes 24/7, with nursing staff available during the day. 

The Forensic Psychiatric Clinics in Surrey and Vancouver provide mental health and substance use care, as well as follow-up and support, to the clients and patients in the Community Transitional Care Program. Visit the Regional Forensic Psychiatric Clinics page for details on the support and care services available.

Our care is evidence-based, which means it is informed by research, and trauma-informed, meaning staff work to ensure that clients and patients 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. 

Other transitional and supportive housing 

We offer an additional 106 beds for forensic clients and patients elsewhere in the province who may require less support after their conditional discharge. They range from residential addictions treatment beds, semi-independent housing beds and rent subsidies. We offer these beds in partnership with organizations throughout B.C.

Program partners

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services provides leadership, expertise, and oversight to a number of specialized provincial programs that are delivered by carefully selected contractors. 
We have partnered with Coast Mental Health Foundation to deliver the Community Transitional Care Program. For more information about the Coast Mental Health Foundation, visit their website.

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