Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions Network
In the province of British Columbia, children and youth up to 18 years of age who are experiencing multiple challenges may be referred to their local Health Authority for a publicly funded assessment through the Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) Network. CDBC referrals may include assessments for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), specific genetic disorders such as fragile X syndrome, or for other complex needs.
For children and youth residing in either the Vancouver Coastal or Fraser Health Regions, all referrals are received and processed by Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, on behalf of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). A pediatrician referral is required.
Depending on a number of factors such as the age of the child and the city of the family's residence, PHSA contracts with several diagnostic teams throughout the Lower Mainland - including the Asante Centre - to perform the assessment appointments for a portion of families. It will be up to PHSA which assessment team your son or daughter's case is assigned to; you should keep in close contact with them about assignment and wait times.
While referrals are received and processed by Sunny Hill, many children and youth may actually be seen at the Asante Centre for their assessment for possible FASD or other complex developmental needs. Both types of assessment, FASD and Complex Children and Youth (CCY), generally include the same components: psychology, speech-language, medical exam and interview, and a family conference where the results are shared and recommendations for care are made. If deemed necessary, additional referrals for an occupational therapy assessment or psychiatry may be made.
If you do not live in the Fraser or Vancouver Coastal Health Regions, please contact your local Health Authority for referral information.