Compass is a province-wide service to improve access to evidence-based care for all BC children and youth living with mental health and substance use concerns.
For healthcare or community care providers
Are you looking for support / clinical consultation on a particular case?
Call Compass for advice and support with diagnostic clarification, medication recommendations and treatment planning.What to expect when you call Compass?
How Compass Works
A team of mental health and substance use professionals is only a call away.
Provider needs support in treating patient with mental health or substance use concerns
Consultation is conducted between the community provider and Compass team
Direct assessment IF needed
For select rural communities, after indirect consultation(s), a DA may be discussed on a case by case basis.
What to expect when you call Compass?
BCCH-UBC ADHD Research Study
BCCH-UBC are investigating how Asian Canadian and White Canadian families make decisions about what treatment to pursue for their children and youth with ADHD. The hope is to help reduce the mental health service gap for Asian Canadian families. Each family will complete measures at 3 time points over a year.
Families are eligible for this study if their child/youth:
- has been assessed for ADHD within 2 months, and
- is between the ages of 6-18 years, and
- is of Asian decent, or
- is of western European descent
Referring Physicians Receive:
- With families' consent, BCCH-UBC will share with you individualized information about elevated scores on common comorbidities with ADHD that the child/youth is presenting with.
- Study results, including strategies physicians can use to connect Asian Canadian families with treatments they find acceptable.
Find the links to the promotional poster and scripts to share the research study with families here:
Contact the team:
- UBC peer lab director: Dr Amori Mikami firstname.lastname@example.org
- BCCH psychologist & investigator: Dr Janet Mah email@example.com
New Provincial Child and Youth Substance Intoxication and Withdrawal Guideline for Acute Care Settings
Child Health BC and BC Children’s Hospital have developed the Provincial Child and Youth Substance Intoxication and Withdrawal Guideline for Acute Care Settings to support providers to deliver standardized, developmentally appropriate, and culturally safe care. The focus of this document is to guide assessment, screening, and initiation of treatment and discharge planning for children and youth ages 10 to 18.99 years old who present to acute care settings with substance intoxication or acute withdrawal symptoms.
New Compass Toolkit: Trauma
Do you have children or youth in your clinical practice who have experienced trauma which is impacting their mental health? Check out the all NEW Compass Trauma toolkit for guidance with assessment, screening and treatment.
Explore the new toolkit here.
"This toolkit is designed to help care providers better understand how to engage in trauma-informed care and understand the health impacts of trauma among children and youth.
Trauma is a complex but common mental health concern that can affect the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and youth. This Toolkit offers foundational information as well as concrete clinical tools and techniques to help clinicians address trauma-related concerns in their clinical practices." -Dr. Priya Watson, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist