Regional Programs & Projects

Above: EPI Garden Project

Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPI): $10,000 annually 

Psychosis is a condition that affects someone’s ability to determine what is real or nor. Early diagnosis and treatment is very important. 

Fraser Health offers services for individuals and their family. 

The program works to promote wellness, reduce socially isolating behavior, and restore previous levels of functioning for people suffering with psychosis.

Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADTP): $10,000 annually

The Adolescent Day Treat Program is a sub-regional community-based program providing a wide range of individualized mental health services and educational programming for adolescents with acute psychiatric illnesses. Young people from Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Fraser Cascade between the ages of 13-18 years inclusive attend the program four days a week from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm for up to five months. 

The Adolescent Day Treatment Program is a milieu based, inter-disciplinary model providing a broad range of treatment services. The treatment team consists of a psychiatrist, mental health therapists, teacher, teaching assistant, recreation therapist, and youth care counselor.

Services provided include:

  • assessment
  • individual, family and group interventions
  • recreational assessment and activities
  • educational assessment and programming

Consultation, liaison and referral services also form an integral part of the program. Whenever possible, existing community resources are incorporated into the treatment plan for youth attending the program.

START – Short Term, Assessment, Response, Treatment – Team: $10,000 annually

The START Team was established in 2004 in order to better service children and youth (ages 6 through 18) who are experiencing acute mental health crisis in the Fraser Valley, providing assessment, crisis stabilization, psychiatry and short-term therapy services. Last year, over 800 children and youth were supported in the program.

The majority of children and youth who are referred to the START Team have suicidal thoughts or may have had a recent suicide attempt. In this time of crisis for these children and youth, and their families, this program is able to provide immediate assessment and therapeutic intervention through individual, family and group therapy. The START Team’s work is guided by crisis intervention models, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy approaches and play therapy models.


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