Programs and Services
A.O.S.P. is attached to Peterborough Regional Health Centre (P.R.H.C.) and Ross Memorial Hospital (R.M.H.) Hospitals. The program provides assertive follow up to individuals who have made a serious suicide attempt. Referral is only via the hospital.
Community Homes for Opportunity (CHO) is a supportive housing program for people with serious mental illness. The program is designed to assist tenants by providing appropriate housing and support services to achieve and maintain stability in a home that is safe and affordable. The program takes a recovery-based approach and provides access to support services both in the CHO home and in the community, which will aim to improve and/or stabilize peoples’ physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance participation and integration into the community. The program offers opportunities for tenants to enhance the quality of their daily living, personal growth and development and improve life skills through participation in a variety of activities and programs.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. offers presentations, workshops and training on Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), safeTALK (a 3- hour course to increase suicide awareness), Open Your Mind (high school presentation on Lynx – Early Psychosis Intervention), Living Life to the Full, and Mental Health Works. Corporate education and training are also available to support workplace mental health.
D.D.C.C.P. consists of an on site Psychiatrist in addition to a multi-disciplinary team. Referral to D.D.C.C.P. is via a health care provider.
Supports adults living with a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health issues) through a Supported Independent Living (S.I.L.) program. Case Managers provide client-centred support services that promote stabilization and independent living as mandated by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Intake is completed through Developmental Services Ontario.
The At Work/Au Travail Employment Program follows the Individual Placement and Support model which is an evidence-based best practice approach. It is designed to provide specialized vocational assistance to those seeking opportunities to enter or reintegrate into the workforce.
Mental Health Employment Support Consultants work collaboratively with employment agencies within the Muskoka-Kawartha region through the delivery of mental health consultation, group facilitation and informational sessions related to vocational supports and services to help complex clients with mental health concerns find and maintain competitive employment. Consultative supports focus on symptom management, mental health interventions and distress tolerance/coping strategies. Informational sessions may include general information about mental illness, stigma, harm reduction and mental wellness management. Staff also provide assertive outreach to connect clients who require support with effective referrals and facilitated access to community based mental health supports.
Four County Crisis provides a continuum of comprehensive crisis response services to individuals with a serious mental illness, mental health concerns, and individuals in crisis. Crisis support is available to individuals sixteen years of age or older in the counties of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. Individuals can contact the Crisis Team themselves to access services or can be referred by community partners.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. offers a variety of mental health and support groups. Please refer to our ‘groups’ page for detailed information on the different groups we offer.
The H.2.H. program is attached to P.R.H.C. and R.M.H. hospitals. The program provides short-term follow up to individuals who visit the emergency department, two or more times, in 30 days. Referral is only via the hospital.
Intake is the first point of contact for individuals requesting mental health case management or brief mental health support. The process is client-centred and recovery-focused. This support is generally available for 1-3 months. During that time, individuals can work on short-term goals including referrals to other agencies, basic coping skills, and symptom management. If an individual is requesting case management services, the Intake Worker will complete an Ontario Common Assessment of Need (O.C.A.N.) and together develop a treatment plan. The Intake program is also the gateway for C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. Housing Support Services. Individuals must be involved in C.M.H.A. programming prior to becoming eligible for this service.
A family education support worker provides education and support to caregivers and family members of individuals with mental health concerns. Support is provided in both one-to-one and through group support formats.
The Court Support Program assists individuals experiencing mental health or addiction concerns who become involved with the criminal justice system. Working in collaboration with clients, court officials and other community agencies, justice staff assist to develop diversion and community support plans for individuals to help address their mental health or addiction concerns and prevent further involvement with the justice system. Individuals can contact the Justice Services Team in person while at court or contact the C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. office. Referrals can also be made by crown attorneys, defense counsel, duty counsel and families.
The Release from Custody (R.F.C.) program partners with community agencies to plan and provide short-term case management services immediately following release from jail, to prevent further involvement with the criminal justice system. This program includes the provision of an individualized assessment and support plan, coordination of services, and connection with local long-term mental health and addiction supports. Client referrals are made by the correctional facility staff, probation staff or the individual.
C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. is one of eight partner agencies in a four county rapid response treatment and education service for young people (ages 14-35), in the early stages of a psychotic illness, and their families. Early identification, assessment and treatment leads to significantly improved outcomes.
Clients receive services that will allow them to increase their mental health stability, experience recovery and develop their own support systems. Supports include crisis intervention, identifying goals, mental health support and discharge planning.
The Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (M.C.I.T.) is based at Peterborough Police Services (P.P.S.) and Peterborough County Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.). A mental health worker accompanies police and responds to calls for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Telemedicine provides access to physician specialists for individuals who may be unable to attend a medical appointment based on location, need for travel or availability of the specialist. Patients are connected to health care providers using a secured two-way video conferencing system, and supported by O.T.N. nurses and support staff. Referral is by an attending physician or nurse practitioner.
The Peer Outreach program provides 1:1 and group programming focused on improved quality of life and the attainment of personal recovery goals. Supports are delivered from a peer support philosophy, model and perspective.
Safe Beds provide a short-term safe and supportive environment in a beautiful residential home setting for individuals (16 years or older) within Peterborough, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland Counties. This is a non-medical facility, voluntary, and of no cost to the individual. Clients cannot be a harm to themselves or others, must be willing to follow rules of the house, and be agreeable to work on goals that will assist them to recovery. Individuals may self-refer or be referred by crisis intervention workers and/or community partners.
Supportive Housing provides individualized mental health support and housing options for those with a serious mental illness and/or a dual diagnosis. C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. has housing available in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland, in collaboration with other community partners. All housing program applicants must qualify for support services prior to making a housing application. Please click on the hyperlink above for more information about eligibility and application.
The Trans Peer Outreach program offers supports and services for transgender and gender diverse people, to assist them to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of community-based, client centered care that supports positive interdependence. Services are delivered by people with lived experience as a transgender or gender-diverse person, and who also may have experience living with a mental health concern.
The Trustee Program is voluntary and provides flexible financial management for individuals. This program assists people in budgeting, paying bills, maintaining housing, advocating with creditors, decreasing debts and developing savings, while ensuring that the individual’s needs are met.