New Partial Hospitalization Program Launches at Ontario Shores

December 16, 2014

(Whitby, ON) December 16, 2014 – Individuals living with a serious and persistent mental illness who need support transitioning from hospital to the community now have that support with the new Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

“The new program fills a very special need for those individuals age 18 and over who need help in the short term to transition to other phases of their recovery journey,” says Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores.

“For many, the transition from inpatient to community may be difficult and at times daunting. PHP provides the supports and programming needed to ensure this transition happens safely and comfortably for all those involved,” Mamdani adds.

This program will facilitate patients who are ready to be discharged but may require some additional clinical supports as they progress to community living. The program also provides an alternative to inpatient treatment and an increased level of care and services for patients at risk of hospitalization, through its short term day treatment opportunities.

The success of this service is the variety of treatment and programming options available, which include assessments and consultations, individual or group therapy, music and art therapy, metabolic monitoring, family engagement and leisure and recreation groups.    

For Rhonda, who has been an inpatient at Ontario Shores in the past, PHP is a way to keep active by participating in a number of group sessions, as she lives with depression.  “Meeting people and following a routine is important to me.  It helps me live in the moment and do more than I thought I could.  I haven’t felt this good in a long time,” says Rhonda.

Rhonda also participates in music therapy which is offered in partnership using OTN technology, to patients in York Region, thus broadening the reach for all who need help. “This helps me deal with my moods better,” adds Rhonda.

The program is available to individuals between 18 to 64 years of age who have a diagnosis of psychosis, schizophrenia, mood disorder and anxiety.  The participants may also have co-occurring substance abuse and substance dependence disorder and or significant emotional, behavioural and functional impairment.

Participants will receive a transportation allowance as well as coffee and lunch.  There are also outreach opportunities available for patients with unique needs.

Referrals will be accepted from community care providers, case managers, family physicians, walk-in clinic physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and other members of the interprofessional healthcare team. To access this service, please complete the Central Intake Referral form or call 905.430.4055 ext. 5309 for more information.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Marshall
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6581
Cell: 905-439-0224