Dual Diagnosis Service

Dual Diagnosis Service (DDS) is a 10-bed specialized inpatient unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). The unit provides in-depth assessment by an interdisciplinary team of professionals for complex psychiatric problems that may include challenging behaviour.

The DDS team is committed to a collaborative model of treatment that is based on best practice. Individualized programming includes life-skills, recreation, supportive counselling and group activities. Behavioural treatment is based on a functional assessment and includes the training and education of supporting family and community agencies.

Services include:   
  • Specialized interprofessional assessments
  • Diagnostic clarification
  • Medication review
  • Individualized programming including life-skills, recreation, supportive counselling and group programming
  • Behavioural assessment
  • Family support, education and consultation
  • Inclusion of community partners in planning and treatment
  • Discharge planning and community reintegration
  • Outreach services that include assessment, consultation, education and training, community links and support provided by an inter-professional healthcare team.

Individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years, have an intellectual developmental disorder in the mild to severe range (documentation may be required) that was indentified prior to 18 years of age.

How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from physicians and psychiatrists and will be based on clinical need.

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