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.


Residential/Housing Support Program

Provides specialized residential or community housing support. 

Contact Us

203-2000 Island Highway
Nanaimo, BC V9S 5W3
Phone: 250.739.5710
Fax: 250.729.0305

Access Services

Beds listed under Residential/Housing Support are accessed by many different programs including:

Services Provided

Residential/Housing provides several levels of support:

  • Acute Care Hospital:  Short and Medium term inpatient hospitalization
  • Tertiary Care:  Long-stay psychiatric units
  • Crisis Stabilization Beds:  Short-stay, specializing in crisis stabilization
  • Detox Beds:  Short-stay beds used for withdrawal management
  • Licensed  Residential Care:  24 hour professional supervision and support.  Services include room, board, recreation, rehabilitative therapy, medication administered
  • High Intensity Supported Housing:  24 hour support with access to nursing on a daily basis and on call on weekends.  Services include room board, supervision and monitoring
  • Moderate Intensity Supported Housing:  Care and monitoring provided by someone on a regular basis (even daily) but not constantly available
  • Light Intensity Supported Housing:  Independent living units with support provided through a case manager, or surveillance by landlord, or occasional support worker