Mental Health and Substance Use Health Services

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Published by the Ministry of Health - HealthLinkBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

The HealthLink BC Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) data set includes the following:

Programs that offer early intervention, transitional care or other services that supplement and facilitate primary and adjunctive therapies; which offer community mental health education programs; or which link people who are in need of treatment with appropriate providers.

Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital-based settings to help people achieve, maintain and enhance a state of emotional well-being, personal empowerment and the skills to cope with everyday demands without excessive stress or reliance on alcohol or other drugs. Treatment may include emotional support, introspection and problem-solving assistance using a variety of modalities and approaches, and medication, as needed, for individuals who have a substance use disorder involving alcohol and/or other drugs or for people who range from experiencing difficult life transitions or problems in coping with daily living to those with severe, chronic mental illnesses that seriously impact their lives.

Multidisciplinary programs, often offered on an inpatient basis with post-discharge outpatient therapy, that provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for individuals who have anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, bulimia or a related eating disorder. Treatment depends on the specific type of eating disorder involved but typically involves psychotherapy, nutrition education, family counseling, medication and hospitalization, if required, to stabilize the patient's health.

Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS) / 211 LA County taxonomy is the data classification used for all HealthLink BC directory data, including this MHSU data set ( AIRS taxonomy and data definitions are protected by Copyright by Information and Referral Federal of Los Angeles County, Inc (

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


The primary purpose of this data is for populating the HealthLinkBC Directory. The HealthLinkBC Directory is a public service that provides detailed information about how and where to access health services in British Columbia. The Directory is funded by the provincial government and delivered by HealthLinkBC through or by dialling 8-1-1. The purpose of the HealthLinkBC Directory is to help British Columbians maintain and achieve better health by providing them with the right information at the right time. As a publicly-funded service, the directory includes health care and mental health and addiction services that are publicly funded (either in whole or in part) and serve the residents of British Columbia.

The secondary purpose of this data is for populating the Mental Health and Substance Use Supports in B.C. digital hub at and the StopOverdose website at

Data Quality

The data included in the HealthLinkBC Directory and by extension this data set, is maintained by the Health Information Design and Delivery team of HealthLink BC, Ministry of Health. All records in the Directory are reviewed for accuracy and completeness at minimum every two years by a Data Steward of HealthLink BC working direct with an administrator of the service listed in the record.

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Contact Information

NameHealthLinkBC (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Health

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-05-01
Record Last Modified 2021-05-12
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: MHSU
Comments: GSR_MENTAL_HLTH_SUBSTCE_USE_SV is a spatially enabled layer comprising

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
SERVICE_NAME SERV_NAME VARCHAR2 500 The name of the program or service, e.g., Youth Mindfulness Group, Mind Fit.
DESCRIPTION DESCRPTN VARCHAR2 4000 A description of the services provided.
CONTACT_PHONE PHONE VARCHAR2 50 Contains the "general office" phone number of the organization providing the service, e.g., 6044640345.
WEBSITE_URL WEBSITE VARCHAR2 500 Contains the full URL link to a web page that describes the program or service.
CONTACT_EMAIL EMAIL VARCHAR2 100 Contains the "general office" email address of the organization providing the service.
STREET_ADDRESS ADDRESS VARCHAR2 200 A free form expression of the site descriptor (e.g. unit), and the civic building number / street / street indicator portion of an address, e.g., Unit 1, 123 Main Street East. Note that some services may not be associated with a physical address (e.g., online services).
LOCALITY LOCALITY VARCHAR2 100 The name of the municipality, community, Indian reservation, subdivision, regional district, aboriginal lands, or natural feature in which the service is located, e.g., Victoria, Saanich IR 1, Capital Regional District. Note that some services may not be associated with a physical address (e.g., online services).
POSTAL_CODE POSTAL_CD VARCHAR2 10 The Canadian Postal code value associated with the physical address, e.g., V9Z 2K1.
KEYWORDS KEYWORDS VARCHAR2 1000 Contains text strings supplied by the Custodian, to be used for search/query purposes. Keywords are separated by the ; delimiter.
LATITUDE LATITUDE NUMBER 9 The geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653.
LONGITUDE LONGITUDE NUMBER 10 The geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (-ddd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544.
ORGANIZATION_NAME ORG_NAME VARCHAR2 100 The name of the organization operating the program or service, e.g., YWCA Metro Vancouver, Our Place Society.
SERVICE_REF SERV_REF NUMBER 10 A unique number, called an Internal Service Key, that is assigned to uniquely identify the service or program, e.g., 17640736.
WHEELCHAIR_ACCESSIBLE_IND WHLCHR_ACC VARCHAR2 1 Indicates whether the location is wheelchair accessible.
HOURS_OF_OPERATION HOURS VARCHAR2 500 A list of the hours of operation for each day of the week and other related notes about days and times when the service may be closed.
PROVINCE PROVINCE VARCHAR2 2 The province or territory in which the service is offered, e.g., BC.
WEBSITE_HEALTHLINKBC_URL HLBC_URL VARCHAR2 254 The link to the 811 service record in the HealthLink BC Directory.
DATE_UPDATED DATE_UPDTD DATE 7 DATE_UPDATED contains the date that the Occupant data was updated in the Occupant structure (system-generated)
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 64 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 10 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE ANNO CAD DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO GEOMETRY storage data type.