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Mental Health & Addictions Program

Chatham-Kent Mental Health and Addictions Program
80 Grand Avenue West, Chatham, ON, N7M 5L9
Telephone: 519.351.6144 Fax: 519.351.0450

We are Caring People, Caring for People

Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) program of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) provides mental health and addictions services to residents of Chatham-Kent. Individualized treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. There is no cost for our services. Your confidentiality is respected. MHAP Provides clinical excellence within a healthcare teaching environment that is based on research and leading practice. Our treatment focuses on empowering clients with new skills and techniques that promote positive change and independence.  

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (A2)

 At the request of a physician, a psychiatrist will determine whether you need to be admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit for treatment of your mental illness.

The 21-bed inpatient psychiatric unit is designated by the Ministry of Health as a Schedule 1 facility and is governed by the Mental Health Act and the Health Care Consent Act. If your attending physician deems that you are a risk to yourself or others, your physician may place you on a Form that restricts your privileges while on the inpatient psychiatric unit. If this happens, a Rights Advisor will visit you while in hospital to explain what your rights are under the law.

Outpatient Mental Health Program 

  • Phone 519.351.6144 and ask to speak to the Intake Nurse.
  • Services for Chatham-Kent residents over the age of 16 are designed for those who have a serious, chronic mental illness.
  • We accept referrals from any source.
  • The Intake Nurse will prescreen and assess the callers’ needs to determine the most appropriate available services.
  • Brief individual counseling and group treatment are provided at the Mental Health and Addictions Program Clinic by a multi-disciplinary team of: nurses, occupational therapist, psychiatrists, social workers. Groups include: Anxiety Management, Depression, Self-Esteem, and Anger Management.
  • Primary health care for individuals with a serious, chronic mental illness who have no family doctor will be provided by our Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Addiction Services

Chatham-Kent Addictions Program :

  • Located in the Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) Building.
  • Phone 519.351.6144 and ask to speak to the Intake Worker.
  • Assessment, treatment and referral services are available for Chatham-Kent residents of any age, who have an alcohol, drug and/or gambling concern.
  • We accept referrals from any source.
  • An Intake Worker will prescreen and assess callers’ needs to determine the most appropriate available addiction services.
  • Brief individual counselling and group treatment are provided.
  • MHAP groups are designed following best practice guidelines and include: Intake Education, Structured Relapse Prevention, Guided Self Change, Anger Management, and Aftercare.

Problem Gambling:

  • Located in the Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) Building.
  • Phone 519.351.6144 and ask to speak to the Intake Worker.

CKAP provides assessment, treatment and referrals for clients and/or their significant others who are experiencing gambling problems. As well, the Gambling Counsellor will provide referrals to residential treatment; credit counselling for financial problems; and self- supportive groups like Gamblers Anonymous. Assessment for clients and their significant others who are experiencing gambling problems is done on an individual basis. Individual and/or group treatment is offered. Couple or family sessions specific to problem gambling are available. The Gambling Counsellor also provides community education to schools, employers and community service groups regarding Problem Gambling

Addictions Assistance Line (AAL)

  • Phone 800.721.3232
  • 24/7 telephone hotline for anyone needing help with their own or someone else’s addiction.
  • AAL also arranges transportation to detoxes in London and Windsor.

AAL is a joint program initiative between Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Mental Health and Addictions Program and the Westover Treatment Centre in Thamesville (phone 519.692.5110).

Crisis Program

Who should call the crisis program?

  • People feeling at risk of harming themselves or others.
  • Family members whose significant other appears to be at risk of harming themselves or others.
  • People who feel they’re losing control of their lives.

If you are in crisis:

  • Phone 1.866.299.7447 to speak to a Crisis Nurse or..
  • Go to the Emergency Department of Public General Campus, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, on Grand Avenue in Chatham (352.6400 for directions). You will be seen by an Emergency Department nurse and/or physician, and if you have a mental health problem, a Mental Health Crisis Nurse will be called to meet you in the Emergency Department.

The Crisis Nurse will make an assessment to help determine if hospital admission is necessary but instead may recommend community intervention with the most appropriate community agency. The Crisis Nurse can also assist with linkages to other community agencies.

Crisis Services area available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tele-Video Crisis Services

  • Crisis services available to the Sydenham Campus emergency room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using video conferencing equipment, include:
    • Comprehensive mental health nursing crisis assessment for appropriate patients.
    • Recommendations by Crisis Nurse to the Sydenham Campus emergency room staff and physicians.
    • Referrals out and follow-up crisis services.

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic: 

  • To be seen by a psychiatrist, a referral from a Physician is required.
  • Individual consultations and follow-up treatment is provided by psychiatrists and a team of allied healthcare professionals.
  • The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is a teaching facility, so a medical student and/or psychiatrist Resident may participate with your psychiatrist in provision of care.

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 

  • Provides primary health care services for Chatham-Kent residents who are currently involved with Mental Health and Addictions Program and/or our community partner agencies: Chatham-Kent ACT, Canadian Mental Health Association/Chatham-Kent Branch.
  • Individuals must have a serious mental illness AND no family physician.
  • The Nurse Practitioners have independent authority to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries, prescribe certain medications and order certain lab tests, x-rays and ultrasounds.
  • The Nurse Practitioner:
    • Provides monitoring of chronic stable conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
    • Provides preventative health education and planning that allows individuals to stay as healthy as possible.
    • Provides care in partnership with physicians and other health care professionals.
    • Works collaboratively with a physician and with psychiatrist to meet the health care needs of the referral client.

First Episode Psychosis Program (TNT – Today Not Tomorrow):

  • Phone 519.351.6144 x 5051 and ask to speak to the First Episode Psychosis Nurse.
  • The program offers services for persons aged 14 to 35 years of age who:
  • Experiencing symptoms of a psychotic disorder.
  • Have received either no treatment for psychosis or 6 months or less of treatment for psychosis.
  • Have a family history of a psychotic disorder and are experiencing a recent deterioration in their ability to function.
  • Have not been on medication to treat psychosis for longer than one month.

Services Include:

  • Identification and treatment of symptoms of psychosis
  • Assessment and monitoring of symptoms
  • Medication management
  • Clinical care and management (talk therapy, rehabilitation strategies, etc.)
  • Emotional support
  • Academic and vocational support
  • Individual and family education
  • Support and promotion of recovery
  • Prevention of relapse
  • Public education about psychosis

Concurrent Disorders Program: 

  • Phone (519) 351-6144 and ask to speak to the Concurrent Disorders Therapist.
  • Services for Chatham-Kent residents over the age of 16 who have a serious mental illness and a substance abuse problem.
  • Must be referred by a psychiatrist.
  • Individual counseling services provided

Eating Disorders Program: 

  • Phone (519) 351-6144 and ask to speak to the Eating Disorders Therapist.
  • Services for Chatham-Kent residents between the ages of 13-17 years inclusive, who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.
  • Services include education and treatment for teens and their parents.
  • Referrals accepted from family physician and/or paediatricians.
  • Comprehensive assessment in consultation with a physician.
  • Group therapy for teen clients and parents.
  • The Chatham-Kent Eating Disorders Program is an outreach program of London Health Sciences Centre’s Regional Eating Disorders Program.

Psychogeriatric Outreach Program 

  • On referral from a psychiatrist, our Psychogeriatric Nurse will go to the individual’s place of residence to complete a Psychogeriatric assessment.
  • Treatment plan will be developed jointly by the Psychogeriatric Nurse and psychiatrist.
  • The Psychogeriatric Nurse is a collaborating member of the local Geriatric Assessment Network.

Memory/Dementia Program 

  • This program is facilitated by a psychiatrist who specializes in memory problems.
  • Memory/Dementia Program services include:

    • Consultation services to family physicians
    • Assessment to determine cause, severity and prognosis
    • Education for patients, significant others for the community
    • Medical investigations and neuropsychological testing
    • Referral services for most appropriate treatment
    • Medico-legal assessments
    • Capacity assessments
    • Referral for Ministry of Transport driving assessments

Dual Diagnosis Program 

  • Phone 519.352.6401 x 6693.
  • Services for Chatham-Kent residents 16 years of age and older, who have a developmental disability and a mental health issue.
  • Referrals accepted from Chatham-Kent physicians or community service providers.
  • Comprehensive home assessment provided in consultation with referring agency.
  • Crisis plan and/or community treatment plan developed and follow-up service provided.

Outreach Programs:

Sydenham Hospital

  • A psychiatrist conducts an outpatient clinic at Sydenham Campus weekly via telemedicine.
  • One Registered Nurse is located at Sydenham Campus to support the outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.
  • Provides outpatient treatment, medication administration and management, and counseling services to outpatients referred by the psychiatrists.
  • Provides comprehensive mental health nursing assessment of inpatients referred by Sydenham Campus staff and physicians.
  • General Wellness Group conducted weekly by social worker. Referrals accepted from psychiatrists, outreach Mental Health nurse or any Mental Health and Addictions Program staff member.

Secondary School Addiction Counselling for Youth

  • Phone (519) 436-2599 and ask to speak to the (MHAP) Youth Addictions Worker.
  • Addictions counseling and information available at secondary schools in Chatham-Kent.

Hours of Operation:

Mental Health and Addictions Program is open:

Mondays , Thursdays, Fridays from  9am – 5pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7am – 8pm

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