Members of the Carlile Centre team will start welcoming patients in early April.

Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre now accepting community referrals

The Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre, a new inpatient unit for youth 13-18 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region experiencing mental health and substance use concerns, is now accepting community referrals.

Click here for information related to the Carlile Centre, along with the referral document.

Construction nearing completion

The finishing touches on the 10-bed unit located on the third floor of the HOpe Centre on the Lions Gate Hospital campus are nearing completion. An open house is planned for later this month. Stay tuned for more details.

The Carlile Centre is anticipating the first youth coming onto the unit in early April.

Designed in consultation with youth, the $5 million centre – a project made possible thanks to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation – is a place where youth will come to understand and begin their journey in their recovery from mental health and substance use challenges.

Through colour, environmental graphics and a floor plan designed to maximize access to natural light, the unit is intended to create a safe environment for patients.

The referral process

The referral process has involved extensive consultation with stakeholders from across the VCH region where the referral pathway was identified.

Key points identified from this consultation included:

  • Ensuring that the referral document would identify information to assess need for admission without being difficult to complete
  • Ensuring that local clinical experts were involved in the decision making regarding identifying the correct youth for the Carlile Centre
  • Ensuring that there was a centralized point for coordination of referrals to support decision making.”

The Central Addictions and Intake Team (CAIT) now has a youth clinician who will support the referral process, not just for the Carlile Centre, but also for other regional services to aid in simplifying access to the correct service for youth.

Dale Handley, Carlile Centre Clinical Planner.

“The goal of the referral process is not only to identify the youth most needing the intensive treatment provided at the Carlile Centre, but also to support the transition into other services either post discharge or  to identify alternate appropriate resources,” says Dale Handley, Clinical Planner.

Contact Dale at or CAIT at (604) 675-2455 extension 22501 for more information.


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