programs

         

  Ontario, Canada 

LOCATION:

131 John Street South
Hamilton, Ontario
CANADA
L8N 2C3


Phone:
(905) 521-0090


Fax:
(905) 521-0211

Email:
info@cmhahamilton.ca

MENTAL ILLNESS

Mental illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is good news for you: all mental illnesses can be treated.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

The Hamilton Branch of CMHA offers the following programs and services:

- Intensive Case Management

- Release from Custody

BALDWIN HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM 

a supportive housing program for adults with serious mental illness

SERVICES:  The Baldwin Housing and Community Support Program promotes independence in living and self-determination in decision–making for individuals with serious mental illness.  The program will advocate for and promote the social integration of consumers of mental health services.  

PROGRAM GOALS:  

  • To provide supportive housing to assist consumers of mental health services to live independently in the community.  

  • To promote cooperation while learning the skills associated with the tasks of daily living.  
  • To provide portable, flexible housing support services to individuals in their preferred living environment.  
  • To develop skills in the areas of: cooking, cleaning, laundry, budgeting, communications, work habits, social skills, community involvement, problem solving, etc.

BAY STREET RESIDENCE:  This rent-geared-to-income, supportive housing program offers a cooperative living environment.  With the assistance of Community Support Workers, residents are provided with flexible and individualized supports to meet their needs and goals, to promote independence, and enhance quality of life.  Board and other living expenses are shared equally among the residents who assume responsibility for the daily operation of the two homes.

HESS STREET RESIDENCE:  These two townhouses provide a cooperative living environment for individuals requiring minimal supports.  Community Support Workers provide residents with flexible and individualized supports to promote and maintain independence and quality of life.  Board and living expenses are shared equally among residents.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT:  This service provides individuals with serious mental illness the opportunity to develop and/or maintain the skills necessary for living independently in the community in their choice of living environment.  Residency at Bay Street or Hess Street is not a prerequisite for this service.

ELIGIBILITY:  Individuals with serious mental illness.  16 years of age and older, and who do not require 24-hour support.  Must have a clinical support system, i.e., clinician/doctor, psychiatrist, and/or social worker.  Individuals with a history of drug/alcohol abuse must be involved in a recognized treatment program.  Individuals must reside in the City of Hamilton.

REFERRALS:  Referrals will be accepted from medical professionals, social service agencies, family members, self-referrals.  Specific support services are negotiated between the individual seeking support and the Community Support Worker. 

For additional information, or to arrange an intake appointment, call (905) 521-0090 or contact us at info@cmhahamilton.ca.  

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COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT SERVICES 

a community-based program offering case management services to individuals with serious mental illness

SERVICES:  Community Enrichment Services is a community-based program offering counselling through case management services to individuals with serious mental illness.  Social work staff assess each person’s mental status, needs, and abilities to assist the individual in developing a plan and setting realistic goals.  Skills training, referrals to valuable community resources, and advocacy are provided when necessary.

PROGRAM GOALS:  

  • To reduce the likelihood of re-hospitalization and maximize community tenure.  

  • To use, for maximum benefit, appropriate community resources.  
  • To develop greater competence in areas of self-care, life skills, community and professional involvement.

ELIGIBILITY:  

  • Individuals with a diagnosis of a serious mental illness who are 16 years of age or over.  

  • Must have medical support, i.e., family physician or psychiatrist.  
  • Individuals with a history of drug/alcohol abuse must be involved in a recognized treatment program. 
  • Individuals must reside in the City of Hamilton. 

REFERRALS: Referrals are accepted from medical professionals, social service agencies, family members, or from the individual.  Participation is on a voluntary basis. All referrals are processed through IntĀc (see below).

IntĀc (Intensive Case Management Access Coordination): A single point of access to intensive case management services provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association (Hamilton Branch), Community Mental Health Program (City of Hamilton), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia, and Wellington Psychiatric Program.

For further information about Community Enrichment Services, or to arrange an intake appointment, call IntĀc at (905) 528-0683.

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EVENING SOCIAL RECREATION REHABILITATION PROGRAM 

an innovative United Way-funded program specifically held in the evenings to compliment psychiatric day programs

SERVICES:  This program provides structure, supervision, and a degree of flexibility allowing participants an opportunity to develop their own activities. Staff are skilled in the areas of social, recreation, and rehabilitation programming. ESRRP has been developed primarily for consumers of mental health services. The goal of the program is to promote mental health and a healthy lifestyle of consumers.

PROGRAM GOALS:  

  • To provide an environment where participants feel welcome and comfortable.  

  • To enhance social skills, interaction, and self-esteem through group activities.  
  • To increase awareness and use of community resources.  
  • To promote self-directed group activities.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPANTS:  

  • a place to socialize

  • beverages and nutritional, light snacks
  • sports and activities
  • planning and development of the program
  • special events
  • meet new people

LOCATIONS:  The program accesses the community by offering a variety of locations during the week.  A variety of central locations have been selected in an effort to reach the maximum number of participants.  These sites include:  

Monday CMHA office 131 John Street South 1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre  192 Wentworth Street North (between Barton & Cannon) 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday St. Giles United Church 85 Holton Street South

(at Main Street East)

6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday Central Memorial Recreation Centre 93 West Avenue North (between Wellington & Victoria) 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday St. Giles United Church 85 Holton Street South

(at Main Street East)

6 to 8 p.m.

OTHER ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM:  This program operates on an “open-door” policy.  A calendar of events is printed each month detailing activities and events.  There are no fees for service.

For further information, or to arrange an intake appointment, call (905) 521-0090 or contact us at info@cmhahamilton.ca.

Current ESRRP Calendar 

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MENTAL HEALTH COURT SUPPORT SERVICES 

this program provides alternatives and options to people with serious mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system

Mental Health Court Support Services is comprised of three components:

  • Mental Health Court Diversion

  • Intensive Case Management

  • Release from Custody

MENTAL HEALTH COURT DIVERSION

Program Goal:  The purpose of Mental Health Diversion is to assist people who are considered appropriate for diversion to access and use mental health and other community services and supports.  

Services:  

  • Linking people to short and long-term services and supports.  

  • Support and information for family members and/or significant others.  

  • Education about consumer issues, mental illness, mental health services, and the mental health system.  

  • Consultation for people who are not deemed suitable for diversion.  

  • As well, staff will provide consultation and advice to the judiciary on cases referred for diversion.

Process:  The Mental Health Court Worker (MHCW) will arrange to meet the person to assess his or her situation and needs.  This will include an assessment of the person’s mental health status, their current living situation, and linkages to psychiatric and other supports.  Following the assessment, the MHCW will make recommendations to the person about what services might be appropriate for the development of their diversion plan and then obtain the approval of the Provincial Crown Attorney.  A diversion plan could include psychiatric assessment and treatment, short and long-term community supports and resources to meet basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, and financial entitlements).

Eligibility:  Mental Health Court Diversion is for individuals who have a serious mental health problem/mental illness, who have been charged with committing a low-risk offence, who accept mental health diversion, and who are accepted for diversion by the Provincial Crown Attorney.

Referrals:  For further information, contact: Mental Health Court Support Services, John Sopinka Courthouse, 45 Main St. E., Hamilton, ON, L8N 2B7.

Phone: (905) 645-5252, extension 3662, fax: (905) 521-0211, e-mail: info@cmhahamilton.ca.

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INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT

Program Goals: To provide intensive case management services to individuals who are not eligible for mental health court diversion.  

Services:  

  • Intensive case management for persons who have a serious mental illness, a concurrent disorder, or a dual diagnosis

  • provide outreach, court support, and support plans based on identified need in order to prevent further involvement with the criminal justice system

  • Linkages to longer term case management services, rehabilitative programs/medical treatment, accessing appropriate financial entitlements. accessing appropriate housing

  • Support and information for family members and/or significant others

Eligibility:  MHCSS Intensive Case Management provides service to adults with a serious mental illness and/or a developmental disability that come into conflict with the criminal justice system as a result of having a psychiatric disability.  

Referrals:  For further information, contact: Mental Health Court Support Services, John Sopinka Courthouse, 45 Main St. E., Hamilton, ON, L8N 2B7.

Phone: (905) 645-5252, extension 3662, fax: (905) 521-0211, e-mail: info@cmhahamilton.ca.

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RELEASE FROM CUSTODY PROGRAM

Program Goal:  To provide short term, intensive case management services to individuals with a serious mental illness who are being released from correctional custody, in order to facilitate a stable transition back to the community, reduce recidivism, and enable a recovery- focused lifestyle.

Services:  

  • Intensive case management for persons who have a serious mental illness, a concurrent disorder, or a dual diagnosis

  • Supportive counselling

  • Linkages to longer term case management services, rehabilitative programs/medical treatment, accessing appropriate financial entitlements. accessing appropriate housing

  • Support and information for family members and/or significant others

  • Consultation for people who are not deemed suitable for diversion

Eligibility:  The Release from Custody Program provides service to Individuals with a serious mental illness and/or a developmental disability who come into conflict with the criminal justice system as a result of having a psychiatric disability.

Referrals:  For further information, contact: Mental Health Court Support Services, John Sopinka Courthouse, 45 Main St. E., Hamilton, ON, L8N 2B7.

Phone: (905) 645-5252, extension 3662, fax: (905) 521-0211, e-mail: info@cmhahamilton.ca.

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MENTAL HEALTH & JUSTICE: Housing Support Services 

providing housing support services to individuals with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system

WHAT IS THE MENTAL HEALTH & JUSTICE PROGRAM?
  • staff provide support to people with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system and require assistance in locating affordable and suitable housing

  • support is provided to maintain housing and assist in the prevention of future involvement with the criminal justice system
  • a rent supplement is available
  • this program works in partnership with the Mental Health Court Support Services Program through the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM?  

  • to secure and maintain permanent and affordable housing

  • to provide flexible, portable, and individualized supports
  • to reduce the rate of recidivism
  • to provide linkage and support with other community resources on an as needed basis

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?  

  • individuals 16 years of age or older with a serious mental illness

  • individuals residing within the City of Hamilton
  • individuals who have current involvement in the criminal justice system
  • individuals connected with clinical support in the community
  • low risk individuals

WHO CAN MAKE REFERRALS?  

  • healthcare professionals

  • associated court-based case management programs
  • courts, detention centres, pre-charge services
  • intensive case management programs
  • short-term residential crisis beds
  • community/social service agencies
  • self-referrals
  • family members/significant others

For additional information, or to a make a referral, call (905) 521-0090 or contact us at info@cmhahamilton.ca.  

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PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC 

Primary Health care Clinic

Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch

131 John St. South, Hamilton, ON L8N 2C3

The CMHA Primary Health Care Clinic is available to individuals 16 years of age or older who are without a Family Doctor and experiencing homelessness.  No Health Card required.

Concerned about your health? Services available include mental health and addictions support, primary care, and referrals offered by a Registered Nurse, two Physicians and a Psychiatrist.

This service is operated in collaboration with the Shelter Health Network.

To book an appointment call (905) 521-0090, ext. 256

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RESIDENTIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

this program offers rehabilitation services to adults with serious mental illness living in Residential Care Facilities

SERVICES:  Services are provided within the Residential Care Facility and at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Life Skills Centre.  

Instruction and support is provided to facilitate skill development in areas such as: 

  • cooking

  • cleaning

  • laundry

  • budgeting

  • communication

  • social skills

  • community involvement

  • problem solving.  

Individual short-term support is available as well as advocacy services.  The program also promotes community integration

PROGRAM GOALS:  Using a group work approach, Rehabilitation Counsellors assist residents with developing various skills that are necessary for living, working, and learning successfully in the community.

ELIGIBILITY:  Adults, 16 years of age and older, with a serious mental illness living in a Residential Care Facility who voluntarily want to participate in the program.  However, all residents are encouraged and welcomed to participate.

Referrals are accepted from owners/operators of Residential Care Facilities.  Contact the Director of Housing at (905) 521-0090 or by email at info@cmhahamilton.ca.  

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TRANSITIONAL CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 

offered in collaboration with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

PROGRAM GOALS:  To assertively facilitate and support the successful transition of inpatients of forensic units in secure beds into the community.

SERVICES:  

  • intensive case management

  • supportive counselling

  • discharge planning

  • service brokerage

  • psychosocial rehabilitation

  • linkages to existing community mental health resources

  • support in securing housing

  • facilitating temporary returns to hospital

  • consultation to community mental health agencies

ELIGIBILITY:  The Transitional Case Management Program provides service to individuals who are subject to an Ontario Review Board ( ORB ) disposition that permits community placement.

REFERRALS: Referrals are received from St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Centre for Mountain Health Services, Forensic Services

For additional information call (905) 521-0090 or contact us at info@cmhahamilton.ca.  

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