Adult Psychiatry Day Treatment Program

The service

The Adult Psychiatry Day Treatment Program is a structured 8-week, intensive therapeutic intervention aimed at promoting recovery and reducing inpatient admission for patients with a range of acute mental health problems. The Program seeks to help patients resolve their immediate crisis, regain function and reintegrate into the community. It will operate within a holistic, patient-centred and psychotherapeutic framework. Twelve patients at a time will be admitted, but referrals will be accepted continuously.

The Day Treatment Program will run four days a week, 5 hours daily, starting in January 2019. Referrals will be accepted as of November 2018 (see the referral process below).

Referrals will be accepted as of November 14, 2018:

Fax (internal): 28290
Fax (external): 514-340-8290
Telephone: 514-340-8222, ext. 25633


  1. Promote and develop functional capacities for recovery
  2. Promote stabilization and coping skills among outpatients
  3. Foster reintegration into the community
  4. Prevent and shorten hospitalization


  • One administrative agent
  • Two part-time occupational therapists
  • One full-time nurse clinician
  • Two part-time psychologists
  • One part-time psychiatrist
  • Multidisciplinary interns: psychiatry, occupational therapy, nursing, psychology, creative therapy
  • Social services offered on a consultation basis only, with ongoing liaison with any assigned social worker

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Life skills
  • Psychoeducation
  • Motivational enhancement
  • Creative expression
  • Physical activity
  • Family interventions

Referral process

Patients will require a psychiatric referral to begin assessment for the Day Treatment Program. Referrals may come from the inpatient ward, the outpatient department, assertive outreach teams (SIM/SIV), a CLSC (by the collaborative care psychiatrist), or the Emergency Department. The program has been added to the OPD external services referral form.

Once a patient is referred, our nurse will triage the referral. If the patient is considered suitable, they will be invited to participate in an intake assessment with a psychiatrist and an allied health professional.

Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
  • 16.5 to 65 years old
  • Within the area of our CIUSSS or followed within our department
  • Patient has external housing
  • Active acute or sub-acute psychiatric illness
  • Requires support to regain function and reintegrate into the community
  • Requires support to manage symptoms
  • Willing to engage in a daily program
  • Aware of need for therapeutic improvement
  • Lacks housing
  • Requires 24-hour care or hospitalization
  • Acutely suicidal or homicidal
  • Acutely medically unstable
  • Unable to travel to the JGH or attend program
  • Active substance use as primary problem
  • Active eating disorder as primary problem
  • Cognitive deficits prevent participation in therapy
  • Absence of motivation to participate in a program

Jewish General Hospital, 3755 Côte Sainte-Catherine Road, Montreal QC – Pavilion B, 6th floor

An initiative of the Doggone and JGH Foundations

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