Supplement for Alcohol & Drug Treatment


A supplement for alcohol and drug treatment is available to eligible recipients of income assistance or disability assistance and their dependent children to provide payment for alcohol and drug counselling services.


Effective: December 1, 2003

Alcohol and drug counselling in BC is provided through the Mental Health and Addictions Branch of the Ministry of Health (MOH).  This program funds both residential and non-residential services throughout the province.  Counselling services are free to the public, and may be used by the ministry’s recipients on a self-referral basis.

In addition to the MOH-funded services, a number of non-governmental organizations provide counselling services on a fee-for-service basis.  The expenses for this counselling service may be approved as a pre-training preparation service for recipients of income assistance and disability assistance and their dependent children, provided that all of the following apply: 

  • government-funded counselling services are not available in the recipient’s community

  • the service is non-residential

  • the recipient has an alcohol or drug dependency that constitutes a barrier to entering the workforce

  • the ministry is of the opinion that the service to be provided will enhance the recipient’s employability

  • a referral to WorkBC Employment Services will be made upon completion of the counselling service

[For maximum rate, see Rate Table: Health Supplements and Programs – Supplement for Alcohol and Drug Treatment.]

Effective: December 1, 2008

Supplement for alcohol and drug treatment of up to $500 per 12-month period can be used to cover the cost of counselling services provided by a methadone program, assuming that all of the eligibility criteria for this supplement are met.

Effective: December 1, 2008

Supplement for alcohol and drug treatment cannot be used to cover a recipient’s transportation costs to and from counselling appointments for alcohol and drug treatment.  This supplement is available only for the cost of alcohol and drug counselling services.


Effective: December 1, 2003

Payment for these counselling services can be made direct to the agency upon billing or direct to the recipient with a receipt.

[For more information on methods of payment, see Related Links – Individual Case Management.]