Needs-based planning of substance use treatment services in British Columbia

CARBC is developing a needs-based planning model to assess potential demand for substance use services in British Columbia. This project will aim to better understand current use of services across the province to identify gaps and opportunities to enhance the continuum of care. Demand will be estimated by triangulating several data sources within local health areas, using demographics, the Canadian Community Health Survey (2012) and alcohol sales data.

The project involves collaboration with the health authorities who will be able to use this information for planning. We hope to conduct a comprehensive survey of public and private substance use service agencies in BC to better understand variations in the types, continuum of services, and demand for treatment.

Progress to date: A report was provided to the Ministry of Health in the Fall.