Dual Diagnosis Service

Dual Diagnosis Service (DDS) is a 10-bed inpatient unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). The unit provides service to adults with an intellectual challenges exhibiting symptoms of a serious mental illness and/or have significant behavioural challenges. 

The philosophy of DDS supports a commitment to a collaborative approach to treatment involving patients, families, hospitals and community organizations at all stages of the consultation, assessment, treatment and education.

DDS is a unique clinical service combining the assessment and treatment of developmental challenges with psychiatry to offer patients specialized psychiatric treatment and behavioural programming.

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 between 18 -65 years of age. Must be medically stable and present with an intellectual disability (IQ below 70 diagnosed prior to age 18), serious mental illness and/or associated behavioural challenges

How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from physicians and psychiatrists

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