B.C. Government Information

Find B.C. government services & information

The following outlines information and services related to mental health and substance use supports, services and information provided by B.C. government for policy, guidelines, funding, service delivery, studies and laws. You may also contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 anytime of the day or night for help finding mental health and substance use support and information.

Overdose Prevention and Response in B.C.

Overdose Prevention and Response in B.C. provides information on how to respond to an overdose, tips to prevent an overdose, information on naloxone, and how the Province is responding to the crisis. 

Financial and Service Support

There are number of programs and services available to support individuals who are living with a disability or unable to afford certain medications required to treat a psychiatric condition. Services for People with Disabilities provides information on the various supports and services available, including information on Disability Assistance. Who We Cover outlines information on the Fair PharmaCare Plan which provides coverage for families with eligible prescription drugs and the Psychiatric Medications Plan (Plan G) for coverage of certain psychiatric medications for British Columbians of any age who demonstrate clinical and financial need.

Medical Services Plan of B.C.

The Medical Services Plan (MSP) insures medically-required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, and diagnostic procedures. Learn about eligibility and enrolment, benefits, and more.

Child & Teen Mental Health

Child & Teen Mental Health provides an overview of the services and resources available to families from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and a number of partner service providers. Information is available on children and youth mental health intake in British Columbia, suicide prevention, youth forensic psychiatric services, and a number of feature programs focused on children and teens. If you are looking for services or resources in your community, we suggest you use the online directory where you can search by a keyword and your city or review the resources listed in Children and Youth.

Housing

BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. Their mission is to make a positive difference in communities through safe, affordable, and quality housing. Visit their website for information about community programs and services, subsidized housing, homelessness services, housing with support (e.g. the addiction recovery program, supportive housing), women fleeing violence, and more.

Healthy Minds, Healthy People

Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia is about transforming our approach to mental health and substance use, and working together to support lifelong mental wellbeing of all British Columbians. Visit Healthy Minds, Healthy People to review the strategy, an outline of the goals, progress and partners involved in achieving the outcomes of the strategy.

Mental Health Act

British Columbia's Mental Health Act has important implications for individuals requiring involuntary treatment or receiving voluntary treatment under the act, their families and service providers. Visit Mental Health Act for access to the Act and supporting documentation such as the Guide to the Mental Health Act, the Mental Health Review Board, Facilities Designated under the Mental Health Act, and Mental Health Act Forms.

Mental Health and Substance Use Information and Publications

Mental Health and Substance Use Information and Publications provides a quick, alphabetical index of a number of the information resources, guidelines, strategy documents, and toolkits related to substance use and mental health matters created by B.C. Government and our service partners.

Organizations Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use in B.C.

Organizations Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use in B.C. provides an index of a number of the organizations in British Columbia or Canada who provide support, resources or services for mental health and substance use. If you are looking for a service or resource in your community, we suggest you use the online directory where you can search by a keyword and your city rather than the index of organizations.