Developmental Disability Mental Health Team

The Developmental Disability Mental Health Team (DDMHT) is an Island Health program that provides assessment and consultation services within Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU). Our main office is in Victoria, satellite offices are located in Nanaimo and Courtenay and from these locations we serve all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. 

This mainstream service provides non-crisis mental health assessment and consultation by a multidisciplinary team.  The service is available to adults and youth 14 years and older, who have a demonstrated developmental disability/ intellectual disability and co-existing mental health issue, challenging behaviour and/ or substance misuse.   

Services may include psychiatry, psychology and nursing support. 

We work in collaboration with clients and members of the community support network to facilitate treatment planning.

View the Developmental Disability Mental Health Team Overview (PDF).

Contact Us

203-3939 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC
V8X 1J5

Phone: 250.519.3519
Fax:  250.519.3518

Access Services

To be eligible for our main stream services, adult clients must be registered as *eligible (see note below) for Community Living BC (CLBC) services.

Children and Youth must be eligible for services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) /Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) service division.

*Note:  Eligibility is determined by the diagnostic criteria in DSM IV- for *mental retardation (MR) Traditionally, DDMHT has used the term ‘developmental disability’ to mean the same as mental retardation.

Referral process:

For Adults
Referrals & inquiries can be made to a Community Living BC (CLBC) representative. If eligible, a CLBC facilitator will complete and forward an application for service to DDMHT.

For Children and Youth 14-18yrs
Referrals/inquiries can be made to your local MCFD/Children and Youth with Special Needs office. If eligible, the MCFD Social worker will complete and forward an application for services to DDMHT.


New Services

We have a new one-time psychiatric consultation service for children and youth available through DDMHT: