“The longer people are disconnected from supports, the harder it is to get them connected.”
The Rehabilitation and Community Supports speakers provided a snapshot of services for individuals living with the intersections of mental health, addictions, and brain injury in various health authorities.
The first panel of speakers described the Navigator model currently used at the provincial, regional, and local levels which could expand throughout the province for brain injury. Other speakers addressed funding for brain injury services in BC. They highlighted the poorly linked, poorly coordinated, and not widely known services in communities, especially outside major urban centres.
The final speaker addressed the importance of safe, holistic, and relationship-based care that focuses on the needs of the client and not only the agenda of the provider.
Participants’ feedback indicated a high level of difficulty in accessing mental health and/or addiction services in their communities. They attributed these difficulties to a siloed system, referrals being challenging, excessive wait times, and restricted access. Service providers reported, “…many hoops to jump through for our clients” when attempting to access mental health and/or addiction services for clients living with a brain injury.