Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative
The CYMHSU Collaborative strives to increase access to services for children, youth, and families. We work to help them find and receive timely access to integrated mental health and substance use services and supports throughout BC. The Collaborative is a cooperative effort between youth, parents, pediatricians, family physicians, mental health and substance use services, psychiatrists, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), school districts, and community partners.
CYMHSU is a partnership between the Family Practice Services Committee (FPSC) and the Government of BC. Currently funded by Shared Care, the collaborative began in 2013 in the Interior Region of BC and has grown to include 65 Local Action Teams (LATs). The East Kootenay has three LATs: Creston, Kimberley-Cranbrook, and Golden. Funding for this initiative will end in 2017.
The Eating Disorders Workshop in March 2015 led to the creation of a Regional Eating Disorders Clinic in Cranbrook. Further plans to introduce remote clinics in Creston, Invermere, Golden and Fernie, would allow youth and adolescents to return to their home community for care.