Important!

Please note: the Independent Rights Advice Service will begin the first stage of its soft launch during early 2024. In the first stage, the service will only be available to people who are experiencing involuntary treatment at:

  • Peace Arch Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Vernon Jubilee Hospital
  • University Hospital of Northern British Columbia
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Red Fish Healing Centre
  • Regional Treatment Centre
  • Hillside Centre
  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Cara Centre
  • Wrinch Memorial Hospital
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • Connolly Lodge
  • Cottonwood Lodge
  • Cypress Lodge
  • Timber Creek Tertiary Care Facility
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Memorial Cottage
  • Arbutus Place Geriatric Acute Tertiary Care Facility 
  • Oceanside Geriatric Acute Tertiary Care Facility 

We will continue to add locations where the service is available until it is fully launched across the province. We will update the website whenever a new facility is added.

At this time, rights advice is offered only to people who are detained at the following hospitals or facilities:

  • Peace Arch Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Vernon Jubilee Hospital
  • University Hospital of Northern British Columbia
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Red Fish Healing Centre
  • Regional Treatment Centre
  • Hillside Centre

Rights advice meetings will be primarily through videoconference. You will need a device that can connect to the internet and a stable internet connection. If you are in a hospital or facility the staff will provide you with a device to access your rights advice meeting and privacy for the meeting.

You can also ask for an in-person meeting if you have an accessibility or cultural safety need that requires in-person services.

If you would like to meet with a Rights Advisor and are in one of the facilities listed above:

  • You can speak to a member of your treatment team. They will complete a Request for Rights Advice form with you and submit it on your behalf. After the Independent Rights Advice Service Intake Coordinator receives the form, they will contact the contact person at your facility to set up a rights advice meeting.
  • If a member of your treatment team does not complete the form with you, contact the Independent Rights Advice Service Intake Coordinator at 604-681-4070 for help.

When you book your meeting, you can share your accessibility and cultural safety needs. For example, you can ask for an interpreter or other communication support if you need it.

You can choose to have a member of your support network attend your rights advice session with you. You must give your consent if you would like this to happen.

You can also contact the Intake Coordinator at 604-681-4070 for more information about the service or fill out our Reach Out form.