Hamber House Adolescent Day Treatment Program

Inter-Agency Alternative Programs
Student Group:
Alternative Education

Hamber House is a day treatment program which provides services to youth, 13-18 years of age and who have serious mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighbourhood school.  Hamber House is an inter-ministerial program which provides a full range of mental health services, as well as educational programming.

Address:233 West 15th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.  V5Y 1Y1
Telephone:604-876-9276
Fax: 604-873-4012
Administering School:Vancouver Alternative Secondary School

Program Description:

Hamber House is a day treatment program which provides services to youth, 13-18 years of age and who have serious mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighbourhood school.  Hamber House is an inter-ministerial program which provides a full range of mental health services, as well as educational programming.  The program is a partnership between the Vancouver Board of Education and Vancouver Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services.  The Hamber House program provides services based on the individual needs of each student.  Consequently, some students stay for a short time; others for longer.  The average stay is 1 year. A primary goal of the program is to assist each student in attaining a more adaptive level of functioning which will enable them to return to their neighbourhood school, an alternative program, special education program, other community programs or employment.

Student Profile:

Hamber House is designed primarily for students who are experiencing severe mental health difficulties such as psychotic, mood or anxiety disorders, or other severe mental health difficulties which negatively impact on a youth’s ability to function academically, socially, and emotionally.  Youth who have behaviour or substance use issues are not eligible to attend the Hamber House program.  Students referred to this program must meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “H”: Students with Serious Mental Health concerns.

Academic Goal:

Students can complete courses at the grade 8 to 12 level in the core academic areas.  Student progress is managed through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Adaptations and Modifications are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  In addition to providing educational and recreational programming, students participate in individual and group counseling where they learn to manage their mental health concerns, practice social skills, and prepare for further education or employment.

Referral Process:

Intake is continuous as space becomes available.  Potential students are referred to Hamber House through their psychiatrist or mental health team.  The Vancouver Board of Education has assigned the District Principal of Alternative Programs to act as liaison to this program.  The adolescents and their parents are then invited to a meeting with Hamber House Staff to determine if the student is eligible.

Program Capacity and Staffing:

Hamber House enrolls 12 students and has 1 Teacher, 1 Youth and Family Worker and 1 School and Student Support Worker.

Child and Youth Mental Health staff consists of a Program Coordinator, Program Assistant, Child and Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist and Psychiatrist.