Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment

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The Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) program is a community mental health and substance use service that provides diagnostic assessment, short-term treatment and other support services to individuals 19 and older who are experiencing mental health and substance use concerns.  

What services do we provide?

  • Information and referrals to other community services/resources
  • Short-term or brief individual therapy/counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation   
  • Urgent community response  
  • Crisis intervention

Where are these services provided?

Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) services are provided through the Mental Health and Substance Use Centres in your community.

Who can access this service?

Adults 19–64 years of age who are experiencing mental health and substance use concerns and would benefit from short-term interventions or supports. This may include psychiatric and diagnostic assessment, pharmacological treatment and therapeutic support.    

How can I access the program?

Participation in ASTAT mental health services is voluntary. You can self-refer into the program or referrals can be made on your behalf by your family doctor, a family member, friend or others supporting you. In consultation with you, referrals can also be made on your behalf by hospital health care providers or other agencies supporting you.   

Mental Health and Substance Use Centre teams work closely with you and other community partners or agencies to provide you with services in a timely manner that best suit your needs. If the Mental Health and Substance Use Centre in your community is not able to provide the type of service you require, efforts will be made to help you find and connect to other appropriate services/resources.

Who will provide these services?

Upon admission to one of our Mental Health and Substance Use programs, your care team may be comprised of these highly trained and caring professionals.

Cost

If you are a member of B.C. Medical Services Plan, your mental health and substance use services cost will be covered through this service plan.      

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