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Mental Health and Substance Use

There are ​three North Shore Division projects pertaining to Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU).

Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative

Aim: Increase the number of children, youth, and their families seeking and receiving timely access to integrated, MHSU services and supports throughout BC
Physician Chair: Dr. Genevieve Lauzon
Project Lead: Chisato Ito – cito@divisionsbc.ca
Funding Source: Shared Care Committee, a joint committee of Doctors of BC and the Government of BC.

For children and their families in BC who are experiencing mental health and/or substance use issues, navigating the system of care is often fragmented, confusing, and uncoordinated. In the aim of improving access to integrated mental health and substance use services and supports,
the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative started in the Interior in June 2013 and has spread across the province. The North Shore Local Action Team (LAT) was established in June 2015, consisting of youth and families, mental health service providers, and various stakeholders. The North Shore LAT is currently working towards creating resources of local services and supports, building mental health and substance use literacy in schools, enhancing cultural competency and safety in child and youth mental health and substance use, and supporting sustainable models of collaborative care.

GP/Psychiatry

Aim: Increase access to psychiatric services, support GPs in treatment of psychiatric conditions and to reduce waitlists by providing community-based psychiatric assessment and consultation services.
Physician Chair: Dr. Genevieve Lauzon
Project Lead: Chisato Ito – cito@divisionsbc.ca

The North Shore Division of Family Practice and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) collaborated to establish the Psychiatric Consultation Clinic, which has been operating since 2012. In 2017, the GP/Psychiatry working group began a new project to improve communication and coordination between GPs and VCH's MHSU services. For further information, please click here.

Mental Health and Substance Use

Aim: Provide the best in MHSU services by optimizing the relationship between primary care providers and Vancouver Coastal Health MHSU services
Physician Chair: Dr. Genevieve Lauzon
Project Lead: Chisato Ito – cito@divisionsbc.ca

The MHSU working group is a partnership between the North Shore Division of Family Practice and Vancouver Coastal Health MHSU services. In 2015-2016, the working group used A GP for Me funding to host an education series to help family physicians care for patients with MHSU conditions. The working group oversees the CYMHSU Collaborative and the GP/Psychiatry working group, and facilitates the removal of barriers when needed.

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North Shore Division of Family Practice
220-145 Chadwick Court
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7M 3K1

Email: northshore@divisionsbc.ca
Phone: 778.945.3017
Fax: 778.730.0630
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