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The Burnaby treatment center for mental health and addiction, a novel integrated treatment program for patients with addiction and concurrent disorders: results from a program evaluation

Christian Schütz12, Isabelle Aubé Linden1*, Iris Torchalla12, Kathy Li1, Majid Al-Desouki2 and Michael Krausz1234

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences, Providence Health Care St. Pauls Hospital, 588-1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada

2 Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, 430-5950 University Boulevard, David Strangway Building, Vancouver, BC V6T-1Z3, Canada

3 Vancouver Coastal Health, 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2, Canada

4 School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 5804 Fairview Avenue, James Mather Building, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada

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BMC Health Services Research 2013, 13:288  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-288

Published: 30 July 2013



Patients with addictions and concurrent disorders constitute the most underserved population in the system of care. There are numerous reasons why this population has so much difficulty accessing services, including behavioural issues, criminal engagement, and non-compliance with outpatient services. To improve services to this population which is marked by multiple morbidities, high mortality and insufficient access to health care, the government of British Columbia, Canada developed a program for people with both substance use disorder and one or more mental disorders who have not benefited from previous therapies.


In July 2008, the Burnaby Treatment Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA), a specialized and integrated tertiary care facility, was opened. The current article provides a description of the treatment program and a clinical profile of the population.


The target population is being served, at intake clients present with high rates of psychopathology, childhood and adult trauma, and substance use.


While preliminary, these results indicate, that the novel approach of the Burnaby Centre may constitute a new path towards providing effective recovery for this population.

Concurrent disorders; Integrated treatment; Marginalized populations