New teams target youth with mental-health and substance-abuse issues

Intensive case management teams will support people under age 24 in Kamloops and Kelowna

Interior Health has launched a new service to help youth dealing with mental-health and substance-abuse issues in Kamloops and Kelowna.

New intensive case management teams (ICMs) will support people under age 24 with significant mental-health and/or substance-abuse issues and who are unable to engage in traditional services and have difficulty transitioning to the adult system of care.

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The Kamloops team consists of a nurse, two social workers and a life skills coach, working collaboratively to support the individual and facilitate access to other heath professionals as needed.

This service involves connecting youth to a team of professionals that includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, counsellors and life skills workers. 

“Young people and their families have told us they have faced difficulties accessing treatment,” Interior Health chair Doug Cochrane said.

“To help address these challenges, we have now established these targeted, multidisciplinary teams in our two largest communities.” 

The Kamloops service is based out of the Alumnae Tower at Royal Inland Hospital and can be accessed via discussion with a health-care provider or through the health authority’s mental-heath and substance-use intake program.

The ICM teams in Kamloops and Kelowna are part of what IH described as “a relatively new provincial model,” noting the services already exist in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

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