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Compass Program: New Service for Providers who Support Children and Youth with Mental Health and Substance Use

December 21, 2018

BC Children's Hospital Compass is a new service for providers who are supporting children and youth (up to 25) with mental health and substance use concerns across the province.  Compass connects community care providers to the information, advice and resources they need to provide appropriate and timely care to children and youth close to home. 
 
When a community care provider calls for a consultation, they receive access to a multi-disciplinary team that includes child and youth psychiatrists, mental health and substance use clinicians and a care coordinator.  The team can help with diagnostic clarification, medication recommendations, treatment planning, consultation around cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, substance counseling, behavioral issues, family issues, trauma treatment, etc., and provide general  support when things aren't going well.  
 

Community care providers such as primary care providers, substance use clinicians, child & youth mental health clinicians, specialist physicians and pediatricians can contact Compass Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm by calling 1-855-702-7272.  

For more information about Compass, refer to our Program Overview and FAQ or email compass@cw.bc.ca.”