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).
- Promote and develop functional capacities for recovery
- Promote stabilization and coping skills among outpatients
- Foster reintegration into the community
- 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
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Life skills
- Motivational enhancement
- Creative expression
- Physical activity
- Family interventions
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.
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