Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Referrals to Child Youth and Family Mental Health

Child Youth and Family Mental Health provides tertiary services to children, youth and their families throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. This specialized intervention is for children and youth whose chronic and often acute mental health needs have exceeded the capacity of community resources, including the Ministry of Child and Family Development.

We accept referrals from family physicians, pediatricians and mental health clinicians.

We are unable provide long term treatment services, respite services or residential placements.

Referral Process

Anscomb Outpatient Services, Ledger House and the Central Island Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program:

Requests for urgent Ledger House inpatient admissions can be made directly by phoning (250) 519-6720.

Collaborative Psychiatric Outreach Services:

Services available without a referral:

The following services accept referrals from anyone in the community, including family members and the child or youth themselves:

Service Eligibility

Referrals for elective admissions to Anscomb Outpatient Services, Ledger House, the Central Island Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program and the Collaborative Psychiatric Outreach Program must meet eligibility criteria for a tertiary level service. This means that clients have already received assessment and intervention services in the community.

Referrals are regularly reviewed by the Intake Review Committees. The Committees consist of psychiatry, administrative staff and the intake clinicians. A decision is made to either accept the child/youth for the appropriate waitlist, or to decline the referral and make alternative recommendations for other resources or services.