About the BCCSU
The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction.
BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use through the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and standards through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance.
Research —Leading an innovative multidisciplinary program of research, monitoring, evaluation and quality improvement activities to guide health system improvements in the area of substance use.
Education and Training—Strengthening addiction medicine education activities across disciplines, academic institutions and health authorities, and training the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders in addiction medicine.
Clinical Care Guidance—Developing and helping implement evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, treatment pathways and other practice support documents.
The BCCSU is an academic centre housed within Providence Health Care (PHC) and the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), and is a University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine-approved centre focused on substance use and addiction medicine. The BCCSU is also a research centre affiliated with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI).
The BCCSU is supported by the Province of BC through a shared cost arrangement with a mission to “provide provincial leadership in substance use and addiction research, education and clinical care guidance and to seamlessly integrate these pillars to help shape a comprehensive, connected system of treatment and care that reaches all British Columbians.”