Through seven distinct programs, PCLA provides a unique range of housing and rehabilitation options for persons diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.

Pioneer Program

Pioneer Program is a thirty-bed community residential facility for persons diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. The residence opened in March 1982 and its goal is to assist individuals to develop the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to independent community living. To this end, assistance is given in different areas including budgeting/finances, communication skills, illness medication education, and networking for community services and support. Emphasis is placed on resident involvement and participation in all aspects of the program. Pioneer’s program is based on the psychosocial rehabilitation model and provides a balance of structured and unstructured time, in accordance with the individual needs of each resident.

Manager of Care: Carol Anne Russell

CRESST Program

CRESST, a ten-bed community residential program opened in 1990. This program is designed to stabilize acute psychiatric symptoms and prevent hospitalization for clients who are in psychiatric crisis or are at risk of decompensation. CRESST provides a structured therapeutic environment, which focuses on resolving the immediate crisis and achieving stabilization and readjustment to community living. The program provides service for 350 - 400 clients annually. The average length of stay is eight to ten days.

Manager of Care: Carol Anne Russell

The Elizabeth Barnett Terrace

The Elizabeth Barnett Terrace, a twenty-three unit supported independent living apartment building, opened in 2001. The goals of this program are to provide safe and affordable housing that will foster independent living, to provide the least restrictive environment possible, and to prevent the need for hospitalization through Individual Service Plans. The supported independent living worker works with tenants towards establishing their own safe, comfortable, and contained physical environment and taking responsibility for their own general well being. This includes household management functions such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, paying bills, safety, and security. Tenants are encouraged to participate and take ownership of decisions relating to the cooperative management of their environment.

Lina's Place

Lina’s Place is a 12-bed licensed community residential program with a primary emphasis on psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. This program provides a stable, supportive environment for persons with a mental illness who require support in developing the skills and resources to increase personal competencies and quality of life. The service is client-centered and involvement of the resident is sought in every aspect of his or her life. There is an emphasis of awakening hope with goals moving towards recovery, personal success, and independent living.

Residents are continually encouraged to assume productive citizenship roles both within the home and in the broader context of the community, through schooling, volunteering or employment. We believe in the ability of each individual to learn and grow to reach his or her full potential. The residents living in the duplex take responsibility for cleaning and house maintenance, meal planning and preparation with minimal staff supervision. In addition, residents are actively involved in leisure and recreation programs offered in the community and within the house.

Manager of Care: Eleanor Milsom

Millers Way

Millers Way is a 10-bed duplex licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. This program assists residents to gain confidence, knowledge and resources to live more independently in the community. The program focuses on individual strengths and abilities providing choices and helping them to make choices that foster independence and growth. Residents are encouraged to participate in activities that promote enhanced daily living, social, and vocational skills.

Manager of Care: Debbie Reid

Adrian House

Adrian House is a 10-bed duplex. A major goal of Adrian House is to support residents in an environment conducive to privacy, dignity, and the growth of self-esteem and self-reliance. Staff persons assist individuals to make choices, and provide opportunities for the development of needed skills and resources to increase personal competencies and quality of life. The service is resident-centered and involvement of the resident is sought in every aspect of their lives. Group and 1-1 services to enhance lifestyle management and positive mental health are offered at Adrian House. Emphasis is placed on resident strengths, abilities, and is focused on personal growth.

Manager of Care: Pamela Nahal

Dominion House

Dominion House is a five-bed rental duplex. This home opened in 2007 to accommodate the five Bridging Program residents from Millers Way. These residents were ready to live more independently. The program is not licensed and is staffed with one activity coordinator working Monday to Friday. The residents are responsible for shopping, cooking, and the general upkeep of the house and yard. They all actively participate in many community programs.


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220 Sherbrooke Street, New Westminster
British Columbia, Canada V3L 3M2

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