Programs | Neuropsychiatry

Alder, a tertiary neuropsychiatry program provides a range of specialized services to meet the needs of adults with complex neurological disorders/brain injuries and psychiatric illness, which currently prevents them from living successfully in community settings.

It is located at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Langara site and offers long-term neuropsychiatry stabilization.

Alder serves clients between the ages of 18 – 64 years. Clients have a range of neuropsychiatric conditions of traumatic, non-traumatic brain injury, electrical malfunction, extrinsic toxic metabolic disturbances and somatoform disorders. Our clients have a complexity of psychiatric and behavioural dysfunction requiring the interventions of a robust interdisciplinary team in an appropriately staffed, designated facility that is safe and secure. The clients display severe psychiatric and behavioural disturbances that can be intense and intractable and whose neuropsychiatric disorders exceed a threshold of psychiatric and/or behavioural dysfunction.

Recovery Model Philosophy

Our clinical program is embedded in the principles and values of the Recovery Model Philosophy including autonomy and empowerment, building hope and living from a position of wellness. The Recovery Model is based on mutual respect and trust, forming positive relationships and partnerships among staff and program participants. The focus is to instill hope and inspire individuals to work toward their own personal goals and enhance quality of life. Family and significant others, as identified by the client, are approached with welcoming attitudes and engaged as valuable collaborations in the recovery process.

The length of stay ranges from 18 months to a length determined by the individual’s specific needs.


To be referred to Alder, the individual must first be accepted into the BC Neuropsychiatry Program. For further information and their referral process, please visit the BC Neuropsychiatry Program.

Referrals to Alder are made through a centralized intake process in collaboration with Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Fraser Health Authority.  


St. Vincent’s Hospital, Langara Site
255 West 62nd Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.
V5X 4V4
Phone: 604-806-9799
Fax: 604-806-9751

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