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.


Cowichan Valley

This page contains information about Island health's Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Cowichan Valley including Duncan, North Cowichan, Mill Bay, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, and Thetis and Kuper Islands.

Contact Us

3088 Gibbins Road
Duncan, BC V9L 1E8
Phone: 250.709.3040
Fax: 250.709.3045

See below to learn more about our services. If you are unsure which service you or a loved one may need, please feel free to speak to a member of Intake program during business hours. Intake provides a timely, single point of entry for all Cowichan Valley Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services. For support anytime call the Vancouver Island Crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emotional support or assistance at 1-888-494-3888

Crisis Response Team provides urgent response for adults who may be suicidal or in a psychiatric crisis.

Acute Inpatient Services provides acute inpatient assessment and treatment at  Cowichan District Hospital.

Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment Team (ASTAT) provides services to adults with serious short-term mental health conditions.

Alcohol and Drug Counselling Services provides outpatient alcohol and drug services for people whose lives have been negatively affected by substance use. 

Adult Community Support Services (ACSS) provides outreach case management services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

On Board Program provides early psychosis intervention to 13-30 year olds.

Open Door provides psychosocial rehabilitation services to people with severe and persistent mental illness.

Developmental Disability Mental Health Team (DDMHT) provides consultation and assessment services ONLY.  Serves people fourteen years and older with a demonstrated developmental disability and co-occurring mental illness.

Housing Options provides residential services.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) provides psychosocial support and rent subsidies to people with severe and persistent mental illness.