More young people who are experiencing early signs of psychosis are benefiting from expanded supports throughout the province (

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Expansion of Early Psychosis Intervention programs in B.C.

Island Health Authority:

The South Island Early Psychosis Intervention program moved to an expanded, purpose-renovated space in Saanich. The new location opened in early 2024 and serves as the location for the youth EPI program for ages 13-23, and the adult EPI program for ages 23-35.

The program has increased staffing from 6.5 full-time equivalents (FTE) to 23 FTEs, and capacity from 200 to 300 clients. Between 2021 and 2023, the number of people referred to the program has been consistent.

The program can now support clients for up to three years. Staff have increased community engagement and awareness.

Vancouver Coastal:

In this region, two new EPI sites have been established, bringing the total to three: North Shore, Vancouver and Richmond.

Seventeen new FTEs have been hired through the program to support the expansion. 

Between 2021-22 and 2023-24, the program has increased referrals by 33% (221 to 295) and clients served by 57% (137 to 216). 

Fraser Health:

There are now four regional EPI teams serving the north, east and south regions of Fraser Health, and a team serving Surrey. The program has increased staffing to 22.2 FTEs to support increased capacity across the region. 

The EPI program uses a hub-and-spoke model. Hubs are where integrated care teams are located and spokes are where community mental-health clinicians are based to provide assessment and connection to care. The Hubs are located in:

  • Fraser North – Royal Columbian Hospital Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre
  • Fraser East – Foundry Abbotsford
  • Fraser South – Peace Arch Hospital
  • Surrey - Gateway Surrey Mental Health Centre

Between 2020-21 and 2023-24, the program has increased referrals by 11% (749 to 835) and clients served by 3% (341 to 352). 

Interior Health:

To better meet the needs of clients living in rural and remote areas, Interior Health is using a hub-and-spoke model of care and virtual care. Previously, there were five sites that offered EPI services, increased to 11 sites offering full EPI services to 93% of communities in the region. Interior Health has funding to support 47.8 dedicated FTEs to support the program expansion. 

Between 2020-21 and 2023-24, program referrals have increased by 48% (148 to 219) and clients served by 172 % (148 to 403). 

Northern Health:

The program has expanded from one location in Prince George to offering services to people in Terrace, Dawson Creek, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John, and the surrounding communities. Seventeen new EPI staff have been hired to support the expansion. 

Between 2020-21 and 2023-24, the program has increased referrals by 106% (87 to 180) and clients served by over 200% (24 to 77).